I started the week with sending the dōjinshi to print on Monday and ended it with sending the English translation to print today. So I’ll await two heavy packages from UPS next week! Steven Pressfield would be proud.
I read Pressfield’s 2002 book The War of Art this week (a very fast read) and was as blown away as by Do the Work, although the books overlap a lot, even literally. But it doesn’t matter. I really love the idea of muses and angels and fighting off resistance. Maybe that’s what I did this week, when shipping (a keyword in Pressfield’s books) two products.
On Tuesday I got my grade for the Thesis proposal. Extremely fast and I think it was accurate. So the only grade I’m still waiting for now is Space and place. It’s approaching four months, but I waited even longer for Theory and history.
We had Artistic practices and the last unit of Images, race, representation this week. The former inspired me to watch Herman’s House with S, a movie I loved.
We also watched Festen, an old favourite of mine which I could now see with more critical eyes. And we watched the pilot episode of the Netflix series The Circle. It felt like watching typical TV for the first time in years. So boring!
I finished Postill, which was a rest from Media activism.
Me and S have taken turns battling severe colds this week. The one I had the other week came back with a vengeance – I’m keeping my mouth shut today in order not to lose my voice.
Otherwise the big news is that I’ve bought Japan tickets for me and S – we’ll leave in less than a month!
Images, race, representation
Unit 7: Telling our own stories
- Dislocation Blues (Sky Hopinka, 2017, 17 min)
- Nani Ke Kalo (ʻĀina Paikai, 2013, 15 min)
- Polyglot, episode 2 (Amelia Umuhire, 2015, 11 min)
Unit 6: Dreams
- Herman’s House (Angad Singh Bhalla, 2012, 81 min)
- Welker, James. 2015. “A Brief History of Shōnen’ai, Yaoi, and Boys Love.” In Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan, edited by Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welker, 42–75. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
- Steven Pressfield: The War of Art. 2002.
- Postill, John. 2018. The Rise of Nerd Politics. London: Pluto Press.
- 6: “Formal Politics”, pp. 143–68.
- 7: “A Thriving Social World”, pp. 169–83.
- 1995: Neon Genesis Evangelion. E15–16.
- Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998, 106 min)
- The Circle, S1E1 (Netflix, 2020, 64 min)