by J J Cohen
So we took a little family trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A wind storm aside, it was great: just the moment of calm we all needed in the windstorm that seems to be the Cohen family life.
Today's photograph is entitled "Here is what I face today." That's my Riverside Chaucer in the foreground, open to the Merchant's Tale (teaching it at 11). The salmon colored sheets are detailed instructions for the paper I am about to assign. Other papers include CVs for a Judaic Studies matter, course enrollment spreadsheets, instructions for the formal invitation I need to compose to Michael Chabon to come to campus in the spring (introduced by Edward P. Jones -- on my theory that The Known World and The Yiddish Policemen's Union are versions of the same book), an outline for a program I'm running tomorrow for alumni on "Literature in a Global Age," and a stack of books and journals that I want to read immediately but that only seems to grow. Ah yes, I remember back when I was not chair and could do fun things like read. Assorted notes, reminders, journals, magazines, and some fruit complete the picture (the last item is either for throwing at those who disturb me, or for lunch, depending).
Happy, happy days here at GW. And what I really want to do is spend some time on Eileen's post about faciality. Not yet.