In which I come down from the ivory tower and am disappoint

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the dancing professor

We haven’t had a good rant around here in a while. Fortunately, my day provided me with some enraging fodder.

(Here are my disclaimers: first, this will be a slightly edited post, not a draft post like usual; the topic is too sensitive to be careless with. Second, even so, it’s not unlikely that I’ll say something ignorant because I’m talking about people whose worlds are quite different from mine. I’ll do my best, but feel free to correct me if I fail.)

You know we like to think about race and class and social justice a lot around here. A lot of it tends to be fairly academic, in part because that’s the only voice I have to talk about race, since I’ve only ever been white, and it’s easy to be white (and for the love of god don’t interject with some anecdote about black kids bullying you when you…

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Transient Beauty

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The Secret Map

“Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club.

Nothing is static, as fictitious character Tyler Durden says in the novel Fight Club. Certainly not in Seoul, a city whose internal cogs move so fast it wouldn’t know how to slow down, continuously and rapidly evolving. So too for the country’s seasons, which are indeed distinct, yet vastly over-proportioned in the extreme ends of Summer and Winter. Spring doesn’t last long.

The first warm winds of the year allow many things to bloom in Korea. The first empty rice wine bottles of the season sprout all over the country’s convenience store seating. The unveiling of the lower halves of the nation’s young women mirror the covering of all things flesh-related in the old. Floral arrangements are furiously installed in any green space around the cities as the first minute buds on the trees begin…

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