Friday, April 13, 2007
(12:00 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
Friday Afternoon Confessional: I've got reservationsI confess that I've temporarily given up on convincing myself to like Sky Blue Sky and have gone back to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I confess that I enjoy The Shins' new album, though apparently not as much as Dave does. I confess that I listen to Feist's Let It Die practically every day, and it still hasn't managed to turn me gay. I confess that the new Andrew Bird is good, but not as remarkable in my mind as Production of Eggs.
I confess that I have a couple weird habits:
- I don't turn on artificial lights unless it's absolutely necessary. This frequently leads to conditions that most people would regard as near pitch blackness.
- I continually leave cabinets open. Mike once pointed this out to me, and despite being conscious of this very serious problem, I still very frequently walk into the bathroom to find the medicine cabinet open.
I confess that a combination of qualifying exams and various other duties have caused me to write off approximately the next year as completely lost for creative thought and writing. But man, when I come out the other side, I'll know so much about 20th Century Theology, Methodology (Deconstruction), Philosophy of Religion, Theories of Community, Major Figures (Kierkegaard, Barth, Bonhoeffer), and Patristic and Medieval Theology that I'll be completely unstoppable.
I confess that for my Butler class, I'm probably going to do one of my classic Juxtaposition Studies pieces, on Butler and Anselm. I confess that when I told Brad about this, I immediately worried I had descended into self-parody -- and at such a young age! (But the idea would really work!)
I confess that I'm proud of this (slightly edited) comment I left at The Valve:
My ideal for an online discussion would be a few incisive remarks, after which everyone retreats to their books. But never would anyone be allowed to say “thanks” or “that’s helpful”—and especially not to combine the two. It’s not like internet discussions need to be mutual grooming sessions, even if most of us do have lice.I confess that I normally try to get "academic" conversations over with as quickly as possible, with occasional exceptions if I'm talking with someone whom I regard as a peer on the topic at hand -- and then, of course, the topic can come up naturally in the course of the conversation, instead of taking the form of an imperious demand. (Example: "So, tell me about this Zizek guy.")