Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Last Supper

This just in: I am not dead. Even better, I am finally riding an inland wave, away from the whirlpool of end-of-semester activity. Aside from grading, my last big obligation before tying a bow on the term is a dinner I am hosting tonight for my graduate students, which is doubling as our last class. It's my first gig at making food for 12 people at once (so I'll be channeling Dr. S, findfinishfreedom, The Boyfriend, and the other accomplished kitchen wizards who frequent these parts). There's also a certain poetic symmetry to the event, since we're gathering to discuss our last book for the course, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which itself is about a group of graduate-age students who convene regularly at a professor's house to discuss literature. So now I have to cook, clean, and (um) finish the book.

I'll be back, though, to resume the favorite films countdown, and to report on my recent reimmersion into the moviegoing world: most recently with the jazzy street politics of Dave Chappelle's Block Party, the outré pleasures of Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9, and David Jacobson's promising and yet intensely frustrating Down in the Valley. Stay tuned!

Image reproduced from the website for Sugar's Uptown Cabaret in Austin, TX.

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6 Comments:

Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

Yay! You're not dead.

i knew this already but it's good to have typed proof to go with the vocal evidence.

miss u much

5:21 PM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Dr. S said...

hope the dinner was wonderful. i just had my seminar group here tonight. a few are done with the research paper, which is due tomorrow, and so they stayed and we played trivial pursuit and now i am tired.

10:27 PM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Dr. S said...

Damnit, dude, apparently we spent a lot of years for nothin'.

8:03 AM, May 12, 2006  
Blogger Dr. S said...

(Without the spam message about getting university degrees in two weeks, my 9:03 comment is utterly meaningless!)

10:19 PM, May 12, 2006  
Blogger tim r said...

@Dr S: less meaningless than kind of randomly world-weary. But I saw it and got it!

@Nick: Great to see you're back in the moviegoing groove, if not the blogging one. I'm just as guilty there, but, to repeat Dr S, dammit, dude! (Can't say dude in my own voice, it just sounds silly.) We're snap on Bettie Page and Little Fish (or what I saw of it) and pretty close on M:i:3. But I do seem to have liked United 93 quite a bit more than you, albeit with significant reservations about what the movie's actually doing being one. I think it's both brilliant and questionable. You? I'm Down in the Valley the week after next. Shame about Art School Confidential -- I'm a big Ghost World fan -- but I guess I saw this coming.

And... well, this is your blog, not mine, or so legend has it. More! More!

6:19 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

@Nat: Totally, not dead. More undead. Maybe not even that.

@Dr. S: The dinner turned out really well! I made a spicy North African chicken dish, but no worries, it wasn't Doro Wat.

@Tim: Yes, Mr. Twist, More is on the way! Thanks for keeping vigil.

3:55 PM, May 19, 2006  

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