My Week in Six or Seven Bullet Points

Here, in no particular order, are a few of the things I’ve been thinking about this week.

  • I took my junior seminar students to hear a speaker at the National Musuem of American History on Wednesday. Because the course is designed to further develop my students’ research skills, I have been working on introducing my students to the joys of primary research, and the NMAH speaker didn’t disappoint. My students had teh chance to see some great Tupperware promotional footage (some of whihc was used in this film), some home movies from the 1939 Worlds Fair, and an episode of the Industry on Parade TV series.
  • Later that evening, I showed my students Andrew Jarecki’s 2003 documentary, Capturing the Friedmans (my review) as part of our discussion of home movies, home video, and constructions of family. I’ve never taught the film before, so I’ll be curious to see how they respond in class discussion on Monday.
  • Current Metro read: Anthony Swofford’s powerful Gulf War I memoir, Jarhead, (Salon review) which will soon be released as a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx and directed by Sam Mendes. It’s a great book and probably deserves its own blog entry. We’ll see how that goes.
  • Speaking of Metro reads: I’ll be spending a significant chunk of time on the subway this year, so any book recommendations would be much appreciated. For whatever reason, my tastes have been running towards non-fiction lately, but any pleasure reading suggestions would be welcome. Trains run fairly infrequently in the evenings and on weekends, so I’m fining that having a good read handy is a must.
  • I saw the final proofs for my short essay on blogging for Pedagogy’s From the Classroom section. The issue should come out in early January, so the countdown is on.
  • Looking forward to G Zombie’s visit this weekend and just wanted to second his invitation for Sunday.
  • Girish has his own list of favorite films from the last fifteen years. Like Darren (I’ve already linked to his list at least once), Gisish lists more than 15 films. Many more. I’m still working on my list, but I’ve been doing some hardcore apartment cleaning today, so that’ll have to wait.

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