we decided yes.
at a party, a guy who had just gotten his MFA in graphic design from yale said that the school still uses aliza as an illustration: “you can make whatever art you want. you just can’t expect the institution to support it. look at chris burden.” i was telling this story to tina and she said “what about the institutional support that is the patriarchy?”
big sur. we stayed in the same place as jake gyllenhaal and taylor swift, and paddled around the cliffside infinity pool in a fog storm, by ourselves, twice, and felt sorry for the girls whose boyfriends or husbands failed to make dinner reservations in time to see the sun set. the guy who drove us the 30 seconds from our place to reception said “come back three times a year. give me job security.” i was starry-eyed.
kathi weeks, the problem with work: feminism, marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries
my college friend rebecca, with whom i once edited a zine (i don’t even think i knew it was a zine, i was just like “fuck the school newspaper, i want to write a long essay about multiculturalism”), wrote a piece for slate on why you shouldn’t go to grad school. karen gregory, who i also went to college with, but didn’t know until grad school and tumblr, wrote a rebuttal.
rebecca is right, i am in the right program, plus i have unusual experience, access, and backup plans with several components, plus vague backup plans should the backup plans fail. this could all fail, but i think i am currently as non-precarious as i can be given my given and chosen precarities.
something i might say to someone considering graduate school is something that jill nelson, who wrote volunteer slavery (seriously, go read it), once said at a feminist conference: “diversify yourself.” i didn’t really do it on purpose, and in fact i think in a lot of academia it works against me, but in life it makes me feel pretty calm.
From Peter Coviello and Elizabeth Freeman’s ”Never the Usual Terms: A Song for 21st Century Occupations,” in the latest issue of Periscope. (via lazz)