Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Don't Talk About

"Why do you guys have so many words for sex?"

"I don't know."

"Is that a noun or a verb?"


Monday, March 19, 2012

Plane Story

This morning Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich posted "Gain a Day," a story about my first return to the States, at Airplane Reader.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Until somebody mentioned it, I forgot the whole deal where the government shuts off the heat. It must have been off for days already. Horribly sick, which means I don't have to go anywhere.

What would being here as an older person be like? I told a friend the other day I was afraid of losing my Americanness if I stayed here the rest of my life. What did that mean, he wondered. I didn't know how to respond. Just a vague feeling of loss. Shouldn't one, for example, be surrounded by one's fellow country folk late in life?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day Easter

We celebrated Easter today because we wanted the students to get a chance to do an egg hunt and dye some eggs. It was pretty cool to see all the designs they came up with. The picture above is of the eggs our teachers designed, however.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Every sentence here has to be a careful one. Too many, and I'll fall back into wanting to be here every day. Above, who I thought was a violinist is no longer, but only because I know it's not a violin, playing a violin, although the instrument sounds very stringy. Imagine a simple life as (1) teaching two days a week, five classes each day, with a small staff, like you and one other person; (2) writing eight hours a day all those other days; (3) never having to be anywhere. A cell of language. Within these walls, we say, we'll speak this way. I keep going to bed with the "Michael Ellis" episode of Monty Python playing. Michael Palin has so many parts. I'm scared by the thought of being called by the wrong name and never being able to meet this other person. The best thing, you can repeat to yourself, is to stick to the schedule. Early to bed, early to etc.