Resting is some of the hardest work I do, especially given the ubiquity of my mobile devices. Continue reading what to do this weekend
I’m listing some things I planned to write about but never did. If you like an idea and want me to write about it, let me know. Otherwise my very brief notation here is all you get. Continue reading things I never blogged about
I’ve been reading The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Bottom, and the book itself is a joy.
It’s well done literary non-fiction, an exploration of work in ten fields, everything from being an accountant to the manufacturer of cookies.
I can’t begin to do justice to the literary and philosophical texture of these essays, but his style is almost poetic, as when he describes how a supermarket supply chain flies “blood-red strawberries over the Arctic Circle by moonlight, leaving a trail of nitrous oxide across a black and gold sky.”
De Bottom’s purpose is to explore the beauty and occasional horror of work in the modern world. If you read his chapter on cookie (biscuit, since he’s British) manufacture you may never eat snack food again, not because it is unsanitary, but because the process itself is so sterile it has no connection or resonance with home or hearth.
The grade has been changed to the grade you felt you deserved, and was in fact the grade you earned. The discrepancy you noted regarding the group project was a valid one. The worksheet you say your friends don’t remember was a real one, however. Continue reading “dear unhappy student”