Jan. 11th, 2011

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A former roommate (back when there were four girls from the same year or the same Eng. PhD program living in one house) just turned 25 today yesterday and is having her prelims on Wednesday. We went out for the fastest of celebratory dinners and talked about little besides prelims.

Mostly about what to wear to prelims.

Then there's this Brit in my program who dresses like a schlub but is the departmental darling (when we got locked out of the mailroom for a month, it turned out all we needed to do was send him to the secretaries to bat his eyelashes at them or some shit) -- he has these insane theories on clothing. I mean, the boy should not be allowed to dress himself. He has some connections to a sheep farm in Wales (the WTFery with this boy does not stop) and so wears "fuzzy jumpers." Year round. And not well maintained fuzzy jumpers--though they were, in some prehistoric era, really lovely quality and probably not filled with holes and shrunk at the arms from being washed like they weren't incredibly high quality wool from sheep babies' butts or I don't even know--and other sartorial atrocities. And he's going to wear these atrocities to his prelims and they're going to love him because they always do. [PROOF: He e-mailed a critic to ask for a transcript from a talk she gave because he wanted to disagree with her vehemently--he said this in the e-mail--and she asked to read his paper and sent him a free book that hasn't been released yet. And then told him the paper was wonderful. The paper in which he trashed her theory.]

SO. Those of us who can't win committees with our Welsh accents and fuzzy jumpers....well, in my case, I'll probably wear every single thing I own from J. Crew. PLAN.

15 DAYS LEFT TILL PRELIMS. SORRY, FRIENDS, THERE WILL BE MANY MORE INSANE RAMBLING POSTS BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. I MAKE BAD INTERNET CHOICES LATE AT NIGHT, OK.
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