The Catch Up


Today I looked at my calendar in my office (admittedly, when I should have been grading papers) and thought, "Tomorrow's September 30th. It's a pay day!" and then I thought, "How in the world is it nearly September 30th already?!"

I've been quiet for over a month not intentionally, dear reader (as Charlotte Bronte would say), but because on August 24th something akin to a race's starting gun went off and it's now a mad dash to December 4th, the last day of the Fall semester. In addition to not having time to work on my dissertation, I'm teaching two classes this semester and am in the midst of grading their first unit papers. If any of my students happen to be reading this, ask yourself: "Don't I have something else to be reading right now instead?"  Answer: A resounding yes! Get on it!

That's not to say that the past month and a half has always been work. Sure, most of it has, but! The catch up for what I've seen, been reading, listening to, and not watching on television but watching via Hulu (when, say, I should be grading papers) or other means is as follows:

Listening to Erin McKeown's new album, "Hundreds of Lions".  Sure, it doesn't come out until October 13th, but I've had a copy in my mitts since September 25th, thanks to Erin's Free at Noon performance for WXPN at World Cafe Live in my beloved Philadelphia. If you've not pre-ordered yet, you can do so through Righteous Babe Records and it will ship October 8th!  It's a great album, I think, and do share your thoughts when you take a listen.

Also listening to Gregory Alan Isakov's "That Sea, the Gambler" album. Give it a listen, if you haven't, and be sure to check out his latest release "This Empty Northern Hemisphere". And! If you're in or near Philly, GAI will be playing November 1st at World Cafe Live. I'll be there. So should you. Word on the street is that a GAI TBA interview is in the works. Stay tuned!

Saw Adrien Reju in concert at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore, PA. I first saw Adrien on May 23, 2008 when she played Philly with Katie Sawicki. I remember the date well in part for the concert, but more so because that's the only time in my life I ever ran after someone down a street. Anyway, Adrien's latest album "A Million Hearts" is great, really. Also great: her work with the band The Lowlands. I'll talk more about my love of their song "Seasons" soon, surely.

Read for the classes I'm teaching, Larson's The Devil in the White City; Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Lopez's The Soloist. Also read: Jeanette Winterson's The Passion, The PowerBook and part of Sexing the Cherry. And two short stories from her The World and Other Places.

Wanted to see The live stage production of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"'s episode "The Nightman Cometh."  Irreverent humour? Love it! I had friends that got to see it and they loved it, and I'd love to hear what anyone else thought.

Watched: the Ken Burns "National Parks" special courtesy of PBS online. It's amazing.

Took my parents to Philadelphia to the Reading Terminal Market. They at least liked the market a lot, if  not the traffic which they didn't even have to drive but just sit through since I was driving. Still, my Dad announced that if I was really going to live in Philadelphia, I could rest easy because neither her nor my Mom would willingly drive into the city to see me. My Mom then revised this by saying she'd drive as far as IKEA in Conshohocken and then call me so I could come and pick her up.

I hope the start of Fall is treating everyone well. Once these papers are turned back Thursday (come hell or high water), I can finally get back to the numerous posts just sitting in my "drafts" folder waiting to be finished!


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