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August 4, 2008


On Friday I finally finished my summer class. I was lucky enough to get to take Literary Theory during a summer session so I could focus all my academic attention to what will probably end up being my favorite grad class. With the completion of this course, I’m merely twelve hours short of the required class load for a master’s degree (which is the inspiration for the picture. I’ll have one of these someday). Three of those twelve, however, are my master’s thesis which is looming in the distance and causing me a considerable amount of anxiety.

I am not necessarily anxious because it’s a massive paper or that I don’t think I’ll be able to do it, but there’s this nagging sense of dread. For the first time in my graduate career, I’m allowed to do exactly what I want to do and that is frightening. It’s okay to do only pretty good in courses like “19th C. Gender, Sex, and Empire” because that is not where my eventual focus will lie. It’s not okay to have a mediocre thesis when the topic is completely up to me.

I think I’ll be okay. I have a full book shelf of DeLillo’s work and corresponding criticism to pour through and I’m excited that I have a few weeks before the Fall semester begins to get some more work done.

We had our first anniversary two weeks ago. After getting back from a lovely week in Searcy, we hopped on a Bolt Bus bound for the Big Apple (ooo, alliteration!). Since we moved to the northeast we’ve been to New York a few times and have yet to see a show. This time we were fortunate enough to see Spring Awakening and it was much better than I had anticipated. I’ve been loving the music since the recording was available and I couldn’t imagine the book being better than the music, but the show was simply fantastic.

While in the city, we got to see Jordan–which is always lovely–and we tried to not look too touristy while we walked about. It was a wonderful trip with my wonderful wife.

Also, we’ve moved from Media, PA to Pottstown, PA and you should visit us. We’re definitely on the fringes of Pennsyltucky but the apartment is fairly amazing and it’s very close to Coventry, my wife’s new employer. We’re completely finished unpacking and have to hang a few more pictures in the bedroom then we’re completely finished.

It’s been a long last couple of weeks, but life is wonderful.

What have you been doing lately?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. J. Cliff permalink
    August 4, 2008 9:57 pm

    i would like to see some pictures of the new place…

    you should write your thesis on turn of the century, african american lesbian authors in the midwest.

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