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i should have taken the E600 and stayed in europe [Aug. 6th, 2009|02:59 pm]
[Current Location |gettysburg]
[Current Mood |blahblerg]

every time i see a story on a newsfeed with 'arkansas' in it a part of me dies.
thanks for continuing to make us look like morons, y'all!
so this prompts two questions:
1) how many of these angry people do you think have decent health insurance?
and
2) all of these masses railing against our slide into the evil godlessness of socialism...do you think any of them know what socialism is?



and ye gods i am so not ready for the next semester to start. i mean i'm prepped for classes and all...just like, holy fuck, it's coming.

and i am not psyched about another round on the job market. i think this may be the last year for me.

but my summer was fantastic. so that's something.
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nothing really holds a roman candle to... [Jul. 13th, 2009|11:06 pm]
[Current Location |paris]
[Current Mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[Current Music |drip drip drip]

one way to make a bad day better...
i woke up at 5.30, quick breakfast, auschecked, train to hamburg at 6.30. got there fine. had about 45 minutes. read. train for frankfurt left at 8.00. we passed through hannover. somewhere around goettingen things began to go wrong. we arrived in frankfurt so late, after circling the city, that i missed my train to paris. so they sent me to koeln. there i had two hours, so i plied myself with a couple of koelsch or three. then got on a train that would take me to paris. at one point i was in belgium. fucking belgium.
so i get to paris 4.5 hours late. tired. hungry. disgusting.

so what do i do?

i run. up the stairs behind my apartment. up. and i'm by the sacre couer. i eat a crepe. i turn around and the city is spread out before me, people spilling off down the hillside. all the way down the random flash of roman candles red and green and somewhere off to the south, behind that tower -- you know the one i mean -- fireworks begin, early, but anticipating tomorrow.
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faraway, so close, up with the static and the radio, with satellite television you can go anywhere [Jul. 4th, 2009|09:49 pm]
[Current Location |schlesische strasse 37, kreuzberg, berlin]
[Current Mood |coldwet]
[Current Music |bruce springsteen - jesse james]

how to bond with your favorite place in the world:
1) attend a party in a park
2) get rained on, as you shield your friend with an umbrella ('if you feel something in my pants vibrating, you're sitting on my cell phone'), eat gurken, and drink beer
3) as your feet get dirty, kick off your havianas and flee the torrential rain barefoot through wet streets splashing your feet into the puddles until they are washed clean

and i wake up and i ask myself what state i'm in, and i say, 'well, i'm lucky, 'casue i am like east berlin: i had this wall and what i knew of the free world was that i could see their fireworks and i could hear their radio. i thought that if we met, i would only start confessing and they would see that i was scared, they would know that i was guessing. then my wall came down and there they stood before me with the stumbling and mumbling and calling out just like me.'
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1000 angels loose their wings every time a cell phone rings [Jun. 20th, 2009|10:14 am]
[Current Location |krakow]
[Current Mood |coldcold]
[Current Music |bbc, b/c my german soaps lost their signal]

yesterday i braved the polish regional rail (my train had seen better decades, possibly centuries) to visit the most important pilgrimage site in poland, czestochowa (that's pronounced chin-stuh-ho-vuh), home of the black madonna and queen of poland. see:
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if she looks familiar, you may recognize her from her cameo appearance in kieslowski's dekalog 1.
the scars are from when she was kidnapped by a band of hussites (that's hussites, not hussies) and disfigured.
anyway, the room where she lives is covered in votives and crutches of those she has healed. there's a whole ceremony of uncovering the icon. i go in. pilgrims are walking around the altar on their knees. priests and nuns and milling about. people kneeling and praying. one woman completely prostrate on the floor.
and then...
BRRRRRRRRING!!! BRRRRRRRRING!! BRRRRRRRRING!!


sigh
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save me, jebus! [Jun. 12th, 2009|02:34 pm]
[Current Location |copacabana, rio]
[Current Mood |crankycranky]
[Current Music |oprah with portugese subtitles]

today began well. rosa was at the conference, so i went to explore the artsy bohemian neighborhood of santa teresa. took the old tram there, over the aqueduct (we went there last night...i hung over the side. today i sat). walked around, had some nice views, great public art at the escadaria selaron (stairs that an artist -- selaron -- has covered in tiles). saw the artist, too!
back to copacabana to meet rosa and jessica. we get in a cab to corcovado -- the big jesus. all the way up we see great views of the city. as soon as we get up to the bus to the top -- rain!! by the time we get to cristo, its a monsoon coupled with a whiteout. total gyp. it's probably best not totalk about how pissed we were. i mean we are in rio. but our one day to do this together, shot.



phooey.


why, jesus? why me? o yeah....the sins =)
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at the copa, copacabana [Jun. 11th, 2009|07:30 am]
[Current Location |rio]
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |can you guess what's in my head?]

it's been quite the adventure...e and am dropped me at dulles and after many thunderstorms and delays and cancelled flights i was moved to the direct flight to rio. but enough of the boring stuff.

this hotel is much nicer than the last one that i rosa and i stayed in, right on copacabana.
yesterday was full of exploring the area, drinking coconut with a straw in it, eating food sold by weight, swimming in the ocean in winter, watching the water swirl out the drain, and drinking capirihnas. saw cristina last night and will again today when i will not be tired and dehydrated.

it's like staggeringly beautiful here, the mountains and water. i wish i was staying longer, but my visa is good for 5 years.

the money has jungle kitties and monkeys on it. srsly, it's like i designed the currency here. for real (see, the currency here is teh real...so i was just being super clever)

they are conferencing now and i am going to find coffee, get my computer to cristina, and then we are going to go play!
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file under "disgruntled" [Jun. 2nd, 2009|10:59 am]
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]

dear post office,
i am pretty sure i am not the first person you have ever encountered who is going to be out of the country for more than 30 days and would not like to have their mail accumulate in their box. there's no reason to be so unhelpful and sullen.
i'm just sayin'.
peace,
marc
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game! [May. 28th, 2009|03:22 pm]
Read the following passage from an academic work and guess what year it was written and what academic press printed the book:

"[Climate] differences have not been without their effect on the inhabitants. The Galicians are friendly and cheerful; the people of the meseta are dour, sullen, and charmless."


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lies. dammed lies, and statistics [May. 14th, 2009|01:36 pm]
[Current Location |weidensall 309]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |hold steady - slapped actress]

some final statistics:
dissertation: 1
chapters: 7
pages: 257
footnotes: 585
lines: 7659
paragraphs: 1753
words: 86,507
characters: 444,300 (536,647 counting spaces)
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the other side [Apr. 27th, 2009|01:40 pm]
[Current Location |hall of languages]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |the chatter of the religion department]

...that's dr. _aurelius to you now!

+ three glasses of celebratory champagne on an empty stomach. now: yummy falafel!
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