Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
|Will read for fun.|
1. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins
Potter? this fills a very
small hole. still, good read
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
this: the perspective
of an autistic boy who
finds a dead dead dog
3. Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk
religious cult meets
the rise of celebrity
and a plane crashes
4. Atonement, Ian McEwan
who doesn't love a
prolix period piece with
war, estates and love?
revisit this high
school classic. there is more there
there after years passed
film, but with much less homo-
7. Marya: A Life, Joyce Carol Oates
took me 200
pages to say, "Mariah,"
not "Mar-ee-ya." right?
8. We Were The Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates
a family comes
apart and tries to heal, with
mixed results, obvi
9. Silas Marner, George Eliot
of the transparent and dry.
don't linger here long
10. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
it's never too late
for pursuit of a new dream
or twenty-six miles
11. The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
cuisine, Gertrude Stein,
a gay Southeast Asian chef,
Paris, the thirties.
12. Bluebeard's Egg, Margaret Atwood
we all know how I
Let's leave it at that.
13. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
virtual / fleshy
14. Room, Emma Donahue
trapped in the closet,
but sans R. Kelly (or for
that matter, music)
15. Death of the Adversary, Hans Keilson (unfinished)
prose, fascinating premise.
maybe in ten years?
16. Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan: my hero.
confronting the true evils
of the modern world
17. Under the Banner of Heaven, John Krakauer
just more religious
crazies; proof that god simply
should not be. ever
18. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
for some, will be lost to the
Saturday, November 19, 2011
|I'll try to keep these photos to a minimum.|
Una caminata a Lago Atitlán
|Thorbjorn getting ready for the|
first leg of our journey.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
¡Hola y besitos de Guatemala! Surprisingly enough, I´m having a difficult time carving out space to write in this blog. I am doing a lot of writing, but don´t necessarily always want to be doing it in front of a computer. That being said, for my mother´s sanity, here I am in all my blog glory. I have now been in here in Quetzaltenango for 2 weeks, the first of which was filled with muchas cosas políticas, but I´ll get to that in another post. We´re here to talk about fun. And I´m having a lot of it. And in breaking news, this past Sunday was the first time someone utter the word “vamos…” and my brain didn´t automatically fill in “a la playa” afterwards! And yesterday I got into my first argument in Spanish with a bank teller who refused to acknowledged that it is impossible to sign your name in the exact same way every time. But anyways…
Un noche mio en Guatemala City
|My first Guatemalan meal!|
Proyecto Lingüístico Quetzalteco (PLQ) and Xela
Monday, July 11, 2011
Things accomplished / happening since arriving at Beam Camp:
- Named my bunk, along with my co-counselor Andrew, “We Live Here” and designed accordingly.
|The boys' names are written onto each arrow.|
- Realized the importance of reflection (below: the before bunk shot I use for mine, immediately after leading our daily hysteric cabin cleanups).
- Learned the names, histories and interpersonal dynamics of 71 children.
- Hosted the first ever Beamapalooza 2011 along with an inimitable 11-year old camper.
|What's brown and sticky? A stick!|
- Performed Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” at the piano at Beamapalooza 2011, dressed as Lady Gaga.
|I invited some kids up at the|
end to join me on the final choruses.
- Realized how important 9 hours of sleep is.
- Conceptualized a fashion show and hosted as my new alter ego, Hans Werner, a designer with an ambiguous and fluctuating accent.
- Planted 5 tree groves on the campgrounds.
- Welded together about 50 links of chain (with about 1100 to go), in order to construct a ship made entirely out of welded chain.
- Participated in a song parody of Beyoncé's Single Ladies, entitled Singing Chickens. Choice lyrics: "If you liked it then you shoulda laid an egg on it."
- Made exciting discoveries with Cassie, staff director.
- Lead evening activities, including rousing renditions of Salad Bowl, Weird Al Scoop (a song parody activity), and Human Puppetry (writing plays for others to perform).
- Along with my 10 cabin boys and Andrew, created a composting system for BeamCamp.
- Lead(ing) a course entitled 1-5-6-4 (which is filled to capacity!) on the structure of pop music and how to forge connections between popular music and poetry (including composing pop mash-ups, authoring prose and poetry inspired by those mash-ups, and setting contemporary poetry to music). It was during the domain presentation (where course leaders describe their courses, or "domains") that I unveiled my mash-up: A Teenage Dream Where You Don't Stop Believing 'til the World Ends and I Love You Just the Way You Are: A Fireworked Bad Romance.
- Bore witness to one of the most beautiful Fourth of July Celebrations: 72 Campers, in absolute silence, setting 72 origami boats afloat on Big Willey, each containing a single tea light, as the sun sank slowly behind the mountains.
- Lead impromptu rain-induced choral concerts at the piano (Rolling in the Deep, Forget You, Someone Like You, Born This Way, Don't Stop Believing, Firework).
- Created unparalled friendships with my fellow co-counselors.
|Manda, de Australia.|
|Bojan, de Providence.|
- Basically feeling complete and utterly full in my life.