Re-reading recently, in preparation for teaching, thinking about what I want to say about these texts this time — it always changes, as I change, as the world changes.
Sometimes I would dearly like a sabbatical, to just write and sink into it, take a real break from all the logistics of teaching, responding to student e-mails, reviewing their theses and rough drafts and papers, etc. and so on.
But sometimes I’m also just wildly grateful that this is part of my job, that I get to re-read Butler and Delany and get paid for it.
Samuel R. Delany, “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones”
for grad students: Kindred introduction
(Hey, Chip. Your stories — they hold up. They hold up beautifully.)