Happy New Year, StyleNation – and Happy New Term to the academics in the group!
As it is now the ides of janvier, we had best get this party re-started, n’est-ce pas?
In recent past, the brilliant E-Jo recommended that I read Ruth Ozeki’s wonderfully terrifying novel My Year of Meats. Among MANY other things, My Year of Meats introduced me to the historical Japanese writer Sei Shōnagon and her hilariously ruthless, poetical lists.
In short, thanks to E-Jo, Ozeki, and Shōnagon, I introduce a new feature here at IPF. Over the next while, I’ll use Shōnagon’s titles to create new lists—and I’ll enlist your help in expanding them, StyleNation!
For reasons that may become obvious shortly, I shall begin as follows:
Things Later Regretted
1. To eat mountains of sweets and drink gallons of nog and mulled wine over one’s holidays.
2. To squeeze one’s increasing girth into one’s beautiful, already-fitted leather skirt for the first day of teaching, and to blow out a seam in the process:
(here’s a shoe close-up):
3. To inform one’s spouse that one of their gifts was gently re-wrapped and re-gifted from the box of last year’s gifts (found recently in the back of his office).
4. To agree to teach yet another new course when one desperately needs more time to apply for grants and publish in order to retain one’s job.
5. To ask one’s favourite undergrad to house-and-dogsit, and to mention that they may help themselves to the wine.