Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Coach Wiener

I teach gym to all the older kindergarten classes. Sometimes I feel like Coach Wiener.





Thursday, September 25, 2008

Adaptation



The fluid text, motherfucker.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More of Elmo Class

Today my kindergarten class surprised me with cakes for my birthday, so instead of doing any work, we shot videos (which are a little rough and shaky because I had to use the camera on my MacBook). Unfortunately, June was absent.



Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Little about Normal

A few days after I arrived in Seoul, Pequin posted one of my photographs, "Evacuate," to go with Kevin Ó Cuinn's text "After They Got the Word." "Evacuate" was taken in the basement of Milner Library, Normal, Illinois, during the summer of 2007. Not much is known about Normal except all the usual obvious jokes regarding its name. Some believe that life started there, while others state that the city was built as a model of the events described in Nehemiah. Whatever the plans surrounding it, on September 9, 1999, its builders went on strike. Ó Cuinn's text pretty much follows the negotiations as they actually happened. The Normal project was abandoned permanently on November 10, 1999. It's true shit. Google that shit, man. I came across the city by accident when I was trying to escape the Midwest on August 8, 2006. The fact that Pequin matched my photo to Ó Cuinn's text, both of which deal with the same phenomenon, is, believe it or not, purely coincidental.

A Post (Because Mother Worries When I Don't Update)

I've been sick for the past week: the flu or some such shit.

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Yesterday I went to Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Kumho Museum of Art. Because my camera wasn't working, I didn't take it, which is just as well because I'm not a good tourist anyway (feel free to google images of the palace, though). I promise to take pictures next time.

It's hard for me to explain how I feel about being in such places. Both palace and museum were amazing, and despite the fact that my nose was running and I was coughing, I made myself stay for hours and wander around. On the one hand, it's important to learn as much as possible. Joe Amato once said, "You shouldn't not want to learn everything," a quote I really dig because saying something like "This doesn't apply to me, so why should I learn it?" starts to limit what you can do/be. On the other hand, however, tourism seems to make an exotic species out of somebody else's life.

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My favorite place to write in Seoul is on the subway.

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Little kids in the streets keep coming up to me to practice their English.

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L., a friend from Newfoundland, was arrested last week when immigration came to her school, requested to see everybody's visa, and discovered that she didn't have one and was working illegally. The director of her school apparently knows somebody high up, because L. was released and her case erased.