Work on what, you ask?
- The Jennifer Crusie book: editing essays, and wrapping up my intro and own essay for it
- The New Approaches to Popular Romance volume: ditto
- My Darwish / Muhammad Ali essay
- Conference planning (PCA, Princeton, Brisbane)
- NEH work (old and new)
- Campus visits (Ostriker and Hoffman)
- A book proposal (don't ask--more on this anon)
- My poets' biographies essay (still at the earliest stage, but on my mind)
- A book review I can't talk about publicly yet
But wait--there's more. Jewish stuff, which I seem to store in a separate file, mentally. (And blog about elsewhere, too.) But they're intertwined, at I discover when I work on the Darwish essay. Hard to read him, or Taha, as anything but an Ashkenazi American man of a certain age. I'd read them both differently were I a few years older or younger, or living in Sderot rather than Chicago.
Who wrote that book on "contingencies of value"? Barbara Hernstein Smith. Any good, anyone? (And how, one wonders, would we judge? Contingently, I guess.)
So...it being the low point of the afternoon (3:40--the kids home, sun almost setting, every cell in my body crying for a nap), what got done today? Worked on the Crusie intro until I realized I really couldn't do any more until I got the essays fresh in my mind, after which I re-read and re-formatted (as a Word doc) K's piece on Crusie as a feminist author, which will help with the next chunk of the intro, certes.
(Dr. Laura, an email of response will be winging its way to you shortly.)
That's it? Well, and some phone calls, emails, etc. Not the most productive day, but not the worst, by a long shot.
Today's theme song (ending abruptly after a couple of minutes, but the best I could find):