Jenny Holzer, “Survival Series”
Jenny Holzer, “Survival Series”
— Joan Didion, “Goodbye to All That”
— Joan Didion, The White Album
I leave the number and a short
message on every green Volvo
Is anything wrong?
I miss you.
The phone rings constantly.
One says, Are you bald?
Another, How tall are you in
your stocking feet?
Most just reply, Nothing’s wrong.
I miss you, too.
— The Ubiquity Of The Need For Love, Ronald Koertge (via writingthatilike)
Anonymous said: what freshman seminar programs would you recommend, if you've taken any? :)
I had a reasonably good experience with my freshman seminar, though I wouldn’t go into your freshman seminar expecting a life changing experience. It is definitely the “fourth course” of enrollees and demands the least work, so in general, a freshman seminar is not as rewarding as those grueling but educational classes.
I still (tentatively) recommend taking one, since freshman fall was hard and exhausting and I can’t imagine how hosed I would have been had I taken four real courses.
If you’re going to take one, just pick a topic you’re interested in (not necessarily something you want to concentrate in, just anything that you wish you knew more about), confirm that the Q scores are high enough, and apply! There are hundreds of seminars, so I have no clue which ones are objectively fantastic, but I feel like everyone’s experience is pretty consistent regardless of the specific topic.
Anonymous said: Do you have any advice to someone just graduated who isn't doing anything this summer? Everyone I know is interning at some tech start up or other and I feel a little bit useless right now..
Hi! It depends completely on what you’re interested in doing and what you feel will be a valuable (or instructive) experience to you. There are so many ways for this to be the case - so please don’t worry about tech startup internships.
In order of importance, it would probably be great to 1) relax, enjoy your summer, spend time with friends and family before you leave for college 2) work on a favorite hobby of your choice, be it comic book illustration or tap dance or whatever 3) read a lot: fiction, essays, memoirs, or really almost anything but those explain-the-world, behavioral economics books 4) tinker around in whatever area you’re thinking of studying in college. This is easiest if you’re a coder at heart, because that would just entail coding, but in general, summer is a good opportunity to leaf through textbooks or academic journals to get a head start on cool topics in your field.
Anyway, that’s what I wish I did more of the summer after my senior year!
Everybody else basic, Liberty live her life on an everyday basis
Liberty Leading the People (1830), Eugène Delacroix / Poetic Justice, Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Anonymous said: what are you doing this summer?
I’m interning at a think tank/software dev shop/research group amalgam run out of HLS/the CS department. Really enjoying it thus far.
If you saw the episode of the HBO sitcom “Silicon Valley” in which the characters attend a conference called TechCrunch Disrupt 2014 (which is a real thing), and a guy from the stage, a Paul Rudd look-alike, shouts, “Let me hear it, disss-ruppttt!,” you have heard the voice of Clay Christensen, echoing across the valley.
Jill Lepore, “The Disruption Machine”