Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Back in the High Life Again


If you've been wondering where I suddenly disappeared to after a relatively prolific August, I've just been gearing up for my first teaching term at my new job at Northwestern University. My Fall Quarter course, which meets for the first time this afternoon, is called Gender Studies 231: Introducing Queer Cinema, and it's a lecture-scale reworking of a seminar I offered last year at Trinity College and even earlier at Queering the Apparatus (a blog that is no doubt also feeling the excitement and the pinch of a new academic year, as are this one and this one!).

Anyway, thanks to all you regulars for being patient with me while I figure out where and how this blog will continue fitting in to the vida loca of a new assistant professor. My plan is for the pendulum of energy to swing back toward the main website, and maybe even to integrate the blog more directly as a scrollable frame within the website homepage. At the very least, I'd like to be writing more full reviews. Anyway, I'll be brainstorming for a while, so don't be shy about posting recommendations of things to keep, purge, or change. In the meantime, at least two book reviews and two film reviews coming up soon... plus the next entry on the Favorites countdown, which contends that you really can go home again, though you may not always want to.

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10 Comments:

Blogger tim r said...

LOVE the new photo... and that Black Dahlia review... and, well, the prospect of more soon. Long may Nick Pick Flicks!

12:07 PM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger StinkyLulu said...

Indeed, the new photo is dreamy.

I just came out of a demoralizing class session -- the first full-body, full-class plagiarism smackdown I've had to do after years of teaching. The semester truly has begun...

Which makes returning to the office to finally read the Dahlia review even more of a treat.

1:53 PM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger Dr. S said...

Welcome back, sweetie. I am indeed feeling the pinch, though not all in a bad way! Will look forward to more from you. May even come your way in the flesh sometime soon(ish), if you'll have me. Huzzah!

2:38 PM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger findfinishfreedom said...

i love love love the new photo as well. the background shelves framing your portrait appear tantalizingly ambiguous -- can't tell if those slim objects are books or dvds. i'd like to think they're all your flicks, and you're indeed queering even the apparatus of the faculty photo. ramble ramble. you're beautiful, as are your eloquent reviews whether abbreviated or full-on flick spin. sending synergistic thoughts that your class went well today. feel free to fly me, dr. s, tim r, or others in for guest lectures or better yet, to give 'what fors' who've no idea the gem of a new asst. prof on the chi-town block that's just arrived before them.

8:26 PM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger David Shultz said...

Ah yes, the photo is gorgeous, as usual. Bon chance avec tes classes, mon ami!

And I think at this point it's redundent to tell you that I enjoyed what I've read thus far of your Black Dahlia review, because I adore anything you write. You're just so damn brilliant!

8:30 PM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

I want to take your course! I looked over the syllabus and wished my "readings" included these films.

Best of luck with the lectures and grading. My mom was an assistant prof, so I know how tough it can get juggling so many responsibilities. But whenever you can update, you can be sure we'll be here reading!

4:54 PM, September 20, 2006  
Blogger damion said...

I am indeed feeling the pinch! You syllabus looks GREAT!!!!! I would love to take this class! You are my hero.

7:08 AM, September 21, 2006  
Blogger Vertigo's Psycho said...

Nick,
I never saw any "Best Actor" or "Best Supporting Actor" posts to complement the great posts you ran in the spring for Picture, Actress, and Supporting Actress. Would love to see you complete the set when time permits.

12:12 AM, September 22, 2006  
Blogger summer m. said...

congrats on your new job at n'western. welcome to the city.

10:51 PM, September 24, 2006  
Blogger thewebloge said...

When are you going to get your ass over to London? I want to take you to some plays, man!

11:49 AM, September 26, 2006  

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