03 Feb 2001, 11:49 a.m.

Am I a coward?

Cowardice or well-honed evolutionary instinct? I'm afraid to try new things. I fear the unknown. I'm insecure. How different am I, then? I'm like mroe and more of the world. I don't like unmediated experience. …

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31 Jan 2001, 12:18 p.m.

The Arbiters of Funny

I took notes at a lecture, learning about the factors that slow or hasten the formation of new ethnic elites. And then I went to a meeting of the school humor magazine, where white guys …

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31 Jan 2001, 2:50 a.m.

Learning to Teach; and, Comedy as Power

Okay, continuing my ramble (not 'babble,' one hopes) on career, temperament, teaching, comedy, and talent. During the week before my fifth comedy show appearance (it was Saturday, 27 January, in 145 Dwinelle, and I was …

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29 Jan 2001, 8:44 a.m.

Short/sweet, I hope

Sorry that I never posted that promised "career, exhibitionism, temperament" screed, part III. It'll happen. Netscape crashed. Grrr. For now, other thoughts. Movies, music, mice, abstinence. I tend to be doubtful of a medicating approach …

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21 Jan 2001, 12:39 p.m.

An extended narrative on teaching, comedy, and temperament

I'm at the life stage where I should be thinking not just about jobs, but about careers. I'm something of an extrovert, I like to write, and I enjoy hanging out with geeks. What to …

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16 Jan 2001, 12:16 p.m.

"Traffic" - an important film to Smokedotters and others

I saw the movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh, with an ensemble cast (the most famous of whom would be Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas). Did you? I was very glad that I saw it, and …

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14 Jan 2001, 6:35 a.m.

Two days till school starts

What to do? Should I review Russian, create flyers for the class I'm teaching, or just enjoy unfettered Berkeley? Ah, a procrastinatrice like myself generally chooses the path of least (immediate) resistance...right now, I'm listening …

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12 Jan 2001, 12:34 p.m.

I OD'd on Kieslowski -- next time on Springer

Advice: Do NOT try to watch six hours of Kryzsztof Kieslowski's work in a single night. I was bewildered by "White," annoyed by "Blue," and asleep halfway through "Red." So Wednesday night we went to …

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10 Jan 2001, 12:56 p.m.

I'm seeing more Kieslowski today!

From my previous entries, you may think that my life revolves around the filmography of Kryzsztof Kieslowski. It doesn't really. But I get unreasonably excited by the prospect of seeing some large number of films …

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28 Dec 2000, 10:51 a.m.

Ten films. Five nights. The last diary entry.

I finished The Decalogue! Whee! I had felt as though I'd never finished anything in my life -- "The Civil War," "Pride and Prejudice," "Beloved," lots of Important artistic works. But now, I've watched TEN …

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