22 july


ya emilye i like revolutionary road a lot! have you read the easter* parade? think that might be his best. lol disturbing the peace is a wild book


21 july


hell yea emilye what book did you start


getting sad again these days but it feels good to know i can feel sad. trying to be humble and curious and not getting very far with it so far


11 july


thanks for saying watt but as far as it goes i think i'm having a relatively easy time of things, which is really just a demonstration of how frustrating/humiliating moving always is. mostly just overwhelmed which i basically always am anyway. tangential to yr post but did you finish that amia srinivasan book!


em i'm glad you went to baseball game, was it like underworld by don delillo. also ellen bought a copy of capitalist realism so i finally read that lol.


alex omg i just learned about existential risk theory the other day. truly awful and scary and overfunded and seems to amount to pre-emptive genocide denial (re climate change) in a sense.


6 july


lol watt @ the idea of you quietly removing yourself from the pass window at family football games.


trying to move right now and am being reminded over and over again of how the process of renting is a deliberately humiliating one. i found a copy of faulkner, mississippi at a bookstore though which i've been wanting for a long time.


5 july


i'm no longer at the airport nor am i thinking


1 july


i’m at the airport…thinking


29 june but it's pm


emilye my friend's gf just moved to sf! yall should hang out. i realize my track record is not great on such connexions. i will let you know re: silko, i need to do ceremony too! and i told another friend i'd read wolfgang hilbig's book. i like duras, especially her fiction. that said i think lol stein stands head and shoulders above everything else, including the later proto-autofiction stuff. in my head i group lol stein in a class with the driver's seat by muriel spark, as novels whose play with perspective far outstrips anything done in the contemporary scene.


i'm need sleep


29 june


yes emilye it was so fun and revitalizing! really brought stuff out of the text for me too. excited for next go around.


now that i have a solid chapter draft done, i'm going to list books i would like to read this summer here.

hm. that is too ambitious. how is it already july. i seem to have permanently derailed my sleep schedule.


been thinking a lot about the summer before i moved to illinois for graduate school. got up to a lot of stuff. i didn't have a lot of time and yet somehow i read voss by patrick white, the ravishing of lol stein by marguerite duras, disgrace by j. m. coetzee, and orientalism by edward said, all of which are books that i still think about a lot. not to be weird but also those novels all kind of prefigure stuff that happened later. except for orientalism, i guess, which mostly just explained why i shouldn't have gone to graduate school.


25 june


catching up in chronological order:


ellen:


ofc you should do a log lol!


emilye:


is 'toxic behavior in a lyft' code for 'putting toxic on the aux'


watt:


i do think balkanization is both in the offing and in some sense the current reality. i think pessimism is reasonable in depressing times. did you ever see this article?

left wing hypomania


glad you're playing music again though!


me:


finished a rough chapter draft after working in a fugue state for a couple days. have so much of a backlog at work now but it will be worth it (right??). i finished gayl jones's corregidora, which is a magisterial novel. i'm working through timothy bewes's new book which is frustrating and brilliant and wacky. and i'm just starting sally rooney's new book on elle's rec which is fun.


15 june


Hello to: watt

love the beckett motifs. i agree about suffering and bumble. how is persuasion? my friend gifted me that a while ago and i should maybe read this summer.


ellen what if you start a scientology club at work? could make some inroads


emilye get a library card!!!


either/or is so funny, i kept laughing at the laundromat and being embarrassed. i'm going to see an old friend for the first time in years today. feels very unreal.


can't believe i'm abd (pronounced, abd)


13 june


abd more like aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaA


emilye im sorry abt toxic work enduring! you should demand cookies from someone there until morale improves imo


8 june 2022


haha emilye i almost messaged it to the twitter message but felt slightly weird for some reason. post your claire-louise bennett takes the people are dying.


everyone should see crimes of the future. new elif batuman book is very funny. have some work to do today but going to try post some schiller notes if i can.


physical man actually exists, while moral man is merely a problem yet to be solved.


3 june 2022


taking a train.


reading the new elizabeth hardwick collection. this made me laugh out loud:


how often we read a beginner’s review that compares a thin thing to a fat one. ‘john smith, like tolstoy, is very interested in the way men interact under conditions of battle.’ well, no.


30 may 2022


alex i don't know how to get into weigh building i do pretty light weights and mostly emphasize cardio at the gym because i like reading while i work out. i also read a times article that said it's bad to go to the gym now. anyway sorry this seems unhelpful lol. i have not read spinoza but i would like to! my friend loves the ethics or whatever it's called.


emilye i read yr blog. did you like the tell all your friends reissue. evangelion is wild.


i'm at the laundromat.


29 may 2022


finished critique of everyday life in the park yesterday. woke up at 5 today and manically wrote down notes across like six different documents. butterfly meme is this a dissertation. two episodes left in evangelion.


love implies the project of love, of loving and of being loved. it chooses to constitute its moment. (639)


27 may 2022


emilye holy shit i had no idea i had recommended so many books to you lol. glad to have a good track record. i hope you like checkout 19.


my covid isolation is supposed to end tomorrow but i'm not really sure what to do because i don't really trust cdc guidance about that kind of stuff anymore but i also don't want to be trapped in my apartment indefinitely.


26 may 2022


emilye we should talk about that moshfegh sometime! i think i have a different reading of it, would be interesting to discuss i think.


alex i like yr anti-oedipus page. one time i read a page of it and was convinced i'd developed aphasia.


ellen you have to tell nick if you start watching melrose place.


how is it thursday what the fuck.


yes emilye that definitely makes sense!! we should talk


i finished 'underworld.' thumbs up to 'underworld' by don delillo.


24 may 2022


hi emilye yes i would love to do a reading group of the practice of everyday life this summer! would be really helpful and fun.


i spent the weekend in chicago with friends i hadn't seen in a long time. it's so weird how the love you have for people is just a part of you. anyway now i have covid.


19 may 2022


worked out. worked. packed for chicago this weekend. driving up tonight. i like the eisenstein film part in 'underworld.'


18 may 2022


worked. went to library. another friend flaked on co-work plans which was good because i was hungover. worked out. read more ‘underworld.’ drinks with department friends downtown. hadn't seen most of the people there in a couple years.


17 may 2022


overslept my cowork plans but my friend texted to cancel. worked. finished ‘the politics of time’ and wrote way too many words about it. ordered flowers for ellen. walked to campus and worked there. tested for covid. walked home. read more ‘underworld.’ got drinks with a friend who is also reading ‘underworld’ and talked about ‘underworld.’


16 may 2022


worked. worked out. co-worked with ellen. arranged for chicago plans in a couple days. read most of peter osborne's 'the politics of time: modernity and avant-garde.' this book is very deep in the weeds of dense philosophy and i don't have all the necessary background but it's interesting and useful.




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