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Wednesday Morning Blah

Blogging has been light this week, and it'll continue to be so, since tomorrow I'm running a two day workshop. Privately, I call it the Teenagers Want to Fuck Workshop, since inevitably, I spend the two days watching fifteen and sixteen year olds try to pick each other up so they can fuck each other stupid.

I got an assistant, again, this year, despite the fact that I've stopped asking for one. They're nice enough, these assistants I get, but with the exception of one--the Beautiful Assistant, years ago--they're all some kind of useless. It's mostly my fault, I guess. I don't design the course so that there's something for an assistant to do, and since none of them ever have the faintest idea what I'm going on about, I usually just end up with an extra student in the workshop. Officially, assistants are just suppose to fuck off with the students during breaks so I can get liquored and stoned to continue teaching in the afternoon, but that's not exactly difficult. I can watch kids while drinking. Maybe I'm just a control freak. Or maybe I just don't drink enough coffee and need enough things photocopied to warrant an assistant.

Still, should this assistant not insist that one girl eat a sandwich when she is ill, which she'll puke up hours later, I'll be happy.

The assistant had left, fifteen minutes before she puked, I might add.

There was vomit everywhere.

Poor girl.

Anyhow, this time, I am running my experimental fiction workshop, and I think I'm going to actually replace one part of the shop with a part using tarot cards and Italo Calvino's The Castle of Crossed Destinies. I'm still working out the finer details of it, but I'll see how it goes. I'm talking out aloud, basically. The aim of the workshop is simply to present a variety of ways that you can write, and some of them, like the body art part, are not something that you can do for publication, but I tend to find that workshops get too caught up in that idea. Publication is nice, don't get me wrong, but there's a fuck load of ways to write and create that no publication is going to be able to print, ever. It's good to be able to indulge in that every now and then, I find, and I like throwing away the traditional narratives that are shown in the majority of fiction these days--there's a joy in watching sixteen people take work and completely fuck round and make a mess of it, and themselves, in the process.

In other teaching related news, I fired a kid last week when he wrote three pages of emo bullshit, designed entirely to piss me off. I looked at it, said, "That's nice, man. Very therapeutic for you."

Then I left.

Living the dream, y'know?


Jul. 12th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Hello back.

As a teacher, is Ben:
b)far too clever for his own good
c)just okay

And have you read his books yet?
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Jul. 12th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
You mean he takes his beanie off in class? wow...
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Jul. 12th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
He wasn't last year.

I'll say hi too. Hi!
Jul. 12th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
And a hi back at you too.

So what did you find best about Mr Peek's classes?

(BTW, like a lot of the music you're listening too -- the aussie idol thing is the only major blot...)
Jul. 12th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
don't encourage her. she has *awful* music tastes. there's not an ounce of real emo in her. and the boys she likes? you should see her taste in boys, too. my god...

...i mean, you know, she was a great student.
Jul. 15th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Doesn't my emo taste in boys make up for my un-emo taste in music?

If not... let's see, I have an MCR CD in my room somewhere, does that earn me some emo cred?

(And what's wrong with my taste in boys?)
Jul. 15th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
darling, you just described your taste in boys as emo.

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Jul. 15th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, I seem to remember we drew on his head at one point... or maybe we just asked to draw on his head? I can't remember. But if we did draw on his head, that was definitely one of the best parts.

And come on, that's a great song. You can NOT beat a song that goes, Yooou should go onnn... Australian Iiidol! over and over again.
Jul. 15th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
everyone wants to draw on my head, but no one does. there are limits here.
Jul. 15th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Now that you explain the song I can see what I'm missing!

Re Mr Peek's head -- was it a big drawing or a little drawing?
Jul. 15th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
Apparently we didn't draw on his head at all. If we had, though, I suspect it would have involved a lot of stick figures and "kick me!" type slogans (y'know, being the little shits that we were). :)
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
i don't wear a beanie to class, man. pfft. btw, there's another student here for you, too.
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
none of them read my books, haines. i'm not that kind of sleazy author who pimps his work onto his students :)