- I have the interview for my fellowship tomorrow. I’m nervous because I’m a neurotic person, but I’m also feeling pretty good about my chances. That could be because no other department has really submitted anyone’s name for this fellowship, but it’s also because I found out that the professor I’m interviewing with really liked the paper I wrote and submitted with my application. So cross any and all appendages for me!
- This is the first time in my ENTIRE graduate career that I have a body of work that I’m proud of. In my history M.A. we only wrote a couple of seminar papers (and they didn’t necessarily cover topics in which I had much intellectual investment). In the first year of my history Ph.D. I took a total of 10 classes (on the quarter system) and I ended up with no papers to speak of. Just short 7-page essays, which are rather worthless overall. Right now I have three projects ongoing, all of which I’m excited about, and this summer I will be picking up a fourth. It feels really good to be semi-productive like this.
- I swear to all that is good in the world that my cats are sharing a single brain cell. Tonight I picked up some toys and catnip for the three of them. Two of them are now stoned and drooling over the catnip. One of them keeps trying to climb the front door. Oy.
- I’ve been in a bit of a “fun” reading slump lately. I have several fiction books on my bedside table, but for some reason, they’re not holding my attention. So I’ve decided to mix things up a bit with some non-fiction (which I love). Even better, I’m giving in to my love for all things espionage (I loooooooove James Bond–I’ve seen every film and really need to read the books–even though he essentially stands for everything that I stand against). I just picked up the book Agent ZigZag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre. It’s about a charming con man who became a spy for the Nazis only to turn right around and become a spy for MI5, leading the Germans by the nose for years. I can’t wait to dive in.
- I’m in the middle of reading Sister Carrie for one of my courses. It’s a bit clunky and repetitive in parts, but I’m enjoying it nevertheless. And there are moments when Dreiser just gets it right–his writing hits home and works beautifully, making up for the clunky bits. I think I’ll be reading An American Tragedy this summer.
- I have perfected the vegan cappuccino cupcakes, which I filled and frosted with coffee-flavored frosting. Yumalicious.
- I’ve started reading Elie Wiesel’s Night for another course. I’ve avoided it for years now, because it’s so painful, but it is heartbreakingly beautiful. Depressing, but beautiful.
- After Milton, it’s rather shocking to move on to the pornographic satires of the Earl of Rochester.
- Time for me to drink my tea and go to bed! I’ll hopefully have good news about the fellowship in the very near future!