When I look back on this blog, I’ll see the way I’ve posted in recent times, and wonder, “What the heck.”
I’ve posted so many slogans and picture memes — anything visual that would keep me on a positive mindset and keep me on track. This law school business is no joke after all.
But I miss subtleties too. I think I’d like to go back to using this blog for musings. But we’ll see. What I like about it is that there is no structure: it is just whatever I feel. Sometimes I flow and sometimes there’s discord.
Books that I’m reading:
1. Professor Borges – it’s essentially a translated transcript of his English Literature course taught in Buenos Aries in 1966. – Have learned some truly amazing stuff. For example: I never knew that James Macpherson was one of the forerunning giants of the Romantic movement, and that Goethe (whom I worship and is my romantic era hero) worshipped at the altar of Ossian (which I knew from The Sorrows of Young Werther) but I didn’t know that it was James Macpherson who is purported to translating Ossian, and that it is most likely that the translated words of Ossian, are actually Macpherson’s words himself. That fascinated me. I also never knew about how Coleridge and Wordsworth were contemporaries but that Coleridge spent most of his time in conversation. Anyhow, it’s wonderful to be learning English literature from the Labyrinth-maker himself, Borges. I think that is the best way actually – pick someone who inspires you, dead or alive, and follow their course of teaching. Because what I love about Borges is his tendency towards the romantic, and how he jumps around, and his so esoteric knowledge of so many strange subjects. Plus I love the latin writers and thinkers – there is always something of the magical realist in them, something wonderful that can’t quite be caught in words, almost ethereal and otherworldly. Who better to learn than from him?
2. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – but because I want to learn how to write a play or script, and then do it, I’m reading the play version that he adapted and wrote for the theatre.
3. Inherit the Wind – another classic play, this time by the Americans. It’s *THE* legal courtroom drama.
4. Losing Mum and Pup by Charles Buckley – I hope I get around to finishing this but it might have to wait until after break. I love Charles Buckley. Such wit. And his incisive realism under the guise of humor. That’s what satire’s called, right? To see him writing about the most painful experience that any child (grown up or not) has to go through, is literally, a treasure. There are so many things that are too painful to express but humor allows a softer touch and a slight dilution, so I think that is what I will find in his memoir of his parents. The truth, dressed up in a way we can swallow.
Other works that I’m doing:
I am reviewing all my past subjects. In one year and 3 months, I will have to take the hardest exam of my life – the California Bar Exam.
The tested subjects will be: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Torts, Property, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Civil Procedure. As I work for a Commercial Bar Prep company, I have access to all the lectures, outlines, and materials, so I will be spending the remaining week I have left of break to listen to these lectures and fill in those outlines.
And to continue the tradition of posting farrrrr too many pictures of motivational slogans, here’s another: