May 1st – Boycott – A Day Without Immigrants

I’m not usually politically, but this is something I feel drawn to. Maybe it reminds me of the movie Gandhi my parents took me too half a dozen times when I was a kid.

My Naropa classmate and friend Tim Hernandez passed this on to me:

Join the Nation Wide Boycott

A Day Without An Immigrant  on May 1, 2006

NO WORK. NO SCHOOL. NO BUYING. NO SELLING. NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. WEAR WHITE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Represent!

Even though Donald Preziosi is not going to be my thesis advisor he said that we could continue meeting. I had some questions after reading Brain of the Earth’s Body so I signed up for his office hours last week. The last lecture in his book is called The Limit(s) of (Re)presentation begins with a quote by Ernst Gombrich:

If art were only an expression of personal vision, there could be no history of art. 

He briefly discusses the tripartite system of sign types from Charles Sanders Peirce: index, symbol, and icon. He adds to this system a fourth sign type, artifice, based on conversations with Roman Jackobson.

I thought I understood what each of the sign types were but not how they were related with […]

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Last night I went to a reading at CU featuring poets Sheryl Luna, Tim Hernandez and Michael Medrano (MFA candidate at University of Minnesota). We hung out after.

I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning drinking and talking with Tim, Michael, and Luis Valadez (MFA candidate at Naropa). It was great to hang with these guys and talk about writing and life and crack jokes.

Several years ago I took a writing class with James Baker Hall, who took me seriously as a writer and encouraged me to do the same. I was writing short stories and so for several years that’s about all I read. In the past few years I’ve read only a couple novels but dozens of short story collections, as well as subscribing to The Sun, Zoetrope, and others small magazines.