"I'm locked into a connection with you as my reader. I have my hands on your face calling your attention to me, and I will not be refused." Jonathan Safran Foer speaking on the role of novels in the modern world, how they call for our exclusive attention, our time, an intimate moment. #hereiam#tnyfest
Playing the tourist with SF pal @tantek in NY last week. We visited Liberty and Ellis islands, and it was super fun and moving. (Be sure to bring your sense of humor and compassion, and leave your jaded NY self at home.) Tip: Skip the ground museum on Ellis and head straight to the registry room and processing center--much more interesting. Also, if you can, check out the Unframed photo exhibit in the abandoned hospital on the island's south side. (We missed it sadly because of their strict visitor schedule.) http://www.saveellisisland.org/gallery/unframed-ellis-island-by-jr-photo-gallery/
Wrapping up the first week of classes. (AKA elective sampling week.) Among the standouts was an interdisciplinary course in the beautiful school of architecture (pictured) to examine the social aspects of modern housing. Core courses for sociology begin next Monday. My focus throughout will be on knowledge and technology studies to complement my work in publishing, which I will continue part time. So far so good. Generally in awe and feeling incredibly fortunate to be here.
Gearing up for the school year ahead with a twilight tour of the beautiful Columbia University campus. For those of you who don't know, I'll be starting an MA program here in a couple weeks. Very excited.