“Well, I’ll be a blue-nosed gopher!” This phrase just popped into my head, and I remember being a kid, cracking myself up every time I said this to my sisters. I said it in an exaggerated country way, imitating the actor. No clue what the TV show was — so I google it. And there it is — Ollie, in the TV show Spin and Marty. I don’t even remember the show. But here’s the thing — do I really want to live in a world in which every question has an answer at the end of a click?
Since my most viewed post is the one from Oct. 2006 called “ignorance is NOT bliss, or how to pronounce ‘Coetzee,'” I thought I’d follow up. A comment from Sept. 2010 by Bob offers a link to a section of the BBC website that helps readers with pronunciation of Booker prize-winning authors, and we get J. M. Coetzee’s own preference for the pronunciation of his name. Here’s the link: How to Say: JM Coetzee and other Booker authors.
Just got this link to a YouTube video of the Helsinki Complaints Choir, and I loved watching it! A little googling tells me the Complaints Choir is a project by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and gathers people in different locales — the complaints and the music are locally produced. The Helsinki Complaints Choir premiered 25 March 2006; music composed, directed, and accompanied by Esko Grunström. The music is great. Simple piano accompaniment. Great mix of several venues where the piece is performed. It’s worth watching all the way through.
Today is one of those days — perfect weather and I am just not feelin’ it. Ya know, I love ideas and talking about ideas. I love writing and literature. And I love learning, teaching. The university is a good place to be if one has all those particular loves. But today I’m too aware of the order and hierarchy of the institution, the commodification of expertise, the elitism of certain kinds of knowledge. I think I just haven’t been out of the country in too long and I need a voyage. I’m out of sorts. Nothing that a sojourn to New Zealand couldn’t cure.