I work for a public radio show in Boston and just finished an ongoing series on Chekhov. We assembled actors and storytellers to read seven of his stories, and then did a radio show on his life and why he remains relevant today. Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://radioopensource.org/reading-chekhov/
I’ll have you know that I went on a date today and it was delightful and lovely and many other positive adjectives. We went to Tate Britain, where we had interesting things to say and made each other laugh a lot. Though we met each other in person for the first time, we’ve been talking so much that I already felt well acquainted with her and so I lacked any usual anxiety or awkwardness. A little while after we parted she let me know that she wished she had kissed me goodbye. I am an about to burst little bubble of joy. I’m off to Scotland tomorrow and I already can’t wait to get back.
Continuing my habit of leaving something for a long time then getting back into it to compulsive degrees, I just finished Bioshock Infinite in a couple of days (I really didn’t care for the first Bioshock but this one was fantastic) and now I’ve been drawn into Diablo 3 like I’m back in the good old days of Diablo 2 marathons except now I’m much more liable to start nodding off half way through.
At work there’s been talk about ‘restructuring’ and some have speculated that one of our two curriculum managers (apparently one more than most colleges have) could be chopped. In a rather elegant twist, everyone BUT the managers have been made redundant. Wonderful. Bromley College are hiring. Does anyone know if Bromley is a nice sort of place?
Just watched Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double. It said quite a few things that I’ve heard before (oh I’m lonely, oh I don’t want to be lonely, I’ve got to do/be this and that etc.) but it said them very well indeed and I really enjoyed it.
I have to admit that I’m behind with quite a bit of my marking. Samples of writing (letters, short articles etc.) are really quite fun to mark. Assessing speaking and listening skills, however, is entirely mind-numbing. The actual discussions are very entertaining, but writing them up against assessment criteria is monotonous and takes up an astonishing amount of time - nearly a whole day for one class.
“Whereas I think: I’m lying here in a haystack… The tiny space I occupy is so infinitesimal in comparison with the rest of space, which I don’t occupy and which has no relation to me. And the period of time in which I’m fated to live is so insignificant beside the eternity in which I haven’t existed and won’t exist… And yet in this atom, this mathematical point, blood is circulating, a brain is working, desiring something… What chaos! What a farce!”—Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons (via literary-life)
I’ve just remembered that I recently made a Sims character that wrote heaps of books whilst also serving as the conductor of a symphony orchestra which really means that I’ve put more time into having a digital character write books than I have actually writing books myself