Quentin's Weeknotes 5/25/19-5/31/19

This Week:

  • For some reason I kept thinking about Joshua Casteel. I have a copy of Letters from Abu Ghraib, which he wrote during his time as an interrogator (after the torture scandal broke). I wound myself wishing someone had written out his full story, and then lo, and behold, discovered that someone had. The Priest of Abu Ghraib is absolutely worth your time, as is "Letters from Abu Ghraib," which I was delighted to learn is out in a second edition.
  • I watched the Perfection. I wanted to like it. There's a really excellent feminist revenge movie lurking inside this poorly written and incoherently goofy film (Alison Williams is attacked multiple times in the movie and nobody notices she was wearing a wig the whole time?).
  • My family spent a bunch of time getting our yard and garden shipshape. We are doing some major replanting and re-organizing this year, and it was quite a chore. I used a stump-grinder for the first time, which was one of the most simultaneously tiring and satisfying experiences I've ever had with machinery.

Quentin's Weeknotes 5/18/19-5/24/19

This week (well, actually last week):

The capitalists won’t like it, but they didn’t like the weekend either. The weekend was won by a powerful movement of working people asserting that the time of their lives should belong to them, not to those who would wring them dry for profit.

  • I finalized my notes from my recently-completed Collections Management class and organized them to teach it again, better, next year. I also cleaned out the old paint room at the Yager Museum, which was delightfully satisfying.

Quentin's Weeknotes 5/11/19-5/17/19

This Week:

  • I finished watching Under the Skin, also known as the Scarlet Johansen alien movie. It was weird and sort of poetic, but also with not much beyond what's on the surface (ironic, given the title). 

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  • I finished teaching my Collections Management class. This semester, my students did projects where they created a concordance between old and new numbering systems, researched the provenance of some mysterious prints, and prepared a selection of objects to go on exhibit, respectively. Along the way we learned about basic artifact handling, dipped our toes into Museum database management, washed and waxed a piece of outdoor sculpture, and watched a clip from an important piece of Museum film scholarship.
  • I celebrated my son's sixth birthday. Six was a good year for me, filled with new friends, new things to learn, and new experiences, and I hope it will be for him too.

Quentin's Weeknotes 5/4/19-5/10/19

This Week:

"Trumpism’s pitch to young white men is thus a stirringly amoral sort of syllogism: we can’t give you anything material, because we stole it all and are hoarding it, but we can create a world in which you can regularly act on your worst impulses and get away with it. Some city kids are coming to town; here’s a way to racially mock them that won’t get us in trouble."

This is essentially a bite-sized and modern version of David Roediger's argument in "The Wages of Whiteness", itself drawn from W.E.B. Du Bois's assertion of a "psychological wage" given to white workers after the Civil War, to offset their lack of material gains (and to keep them from forming a multi-racial labor party). History repeats itself. 


Quentin's Weeknotes 4/27/19-5/3/19

This Week: