Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"A Georgia gay high school student who wanted to bring his date to the prom may have scored a victory at school, but he may be losing the war in his own home.
Derrick Martin, 18, lobbied his school, Bleckley County High, to let him bring his date to the prom. Administrators gave him the OK after he appealed an earlier decision turning him down. Martin's story made headlines across the country, and offers for tuxedos, limos, and dinner poured in. But because of the media attention, Martin's parents kicked him out of their home. According to Macon'sTelegraph, he is currently staying with a friend.
He said he was inspired by another Southern teenager, Constance McMillen, who was denied permission to bring her same-sex date to her prom in Mississippi. A federal judge ruled Tuesdaythat while the school board wronged McMillen, it would not have to hold the prom, which school officials canceled rather than allow her to bring a female date." (Advocate Mar 24)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
1. I've become obsessed with the eighteenth century, particularly 1720-1760. Obsessed. Anyone needing suggestions for birthday gifts to buy me, here you go.
2. I've discovered that teaching 2/2 is more difficult than it first seemed, and that holding a tenure-track position split between research and pedagogy requires its own balancing act.
3. I've discovered that there are possibilities and opportunities outside of academia, which I hadn't really thought of for the past 8 years (a PhD tends to create tunnel vision).
4. I've had two root-canals, both caused by previous fillings which basically dissolved and poisoned my mouth. I'm currently waiting for a crown replacement, which my insurance refuses to pay for.
5. I lost my favorite toque (this happened in London, but still seems to count).
6. I finished one novel, wrote another from scratch, and started a third.
7. I've been inspired by the work of my creative writing students.
8. I got the opportunity to teach the first class on queer theory in my department.
9. I've discovered what it means to be genuinely terrified of winter.
10. I've mastered the art of using Speakerphone to keep in touch with people, which, once you get used to it, is really quite amazing.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the cash-strapped city is likely to grant the “mortgage relief” fund for the city-subsidized center, although the center will likely need even more in the long run to cover almost $3 million owed on its mortgage."