Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Reading List

I'm done on the 14th this year, so I have a lot of time to read.

-Some of the books for Canadian fiction so I can get ahead in the course. Probably The Diviners, and Lives of Girls and Women
-The Scarlet Letter
-The Great Gatsby (want to reread before watching the movie)
-Who Has Seen the Wind
-Books I've bought but not read. e.g. At Swim, Two Boys; The Left Hand of Darkness
-Jann Arden's memoir... if I can get ahold of it
-some kind of philosophy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Things have been getting really stressful lately. Despite all my intentions to start a new website or blog, I still haven't gotten around to doing so, so I guess I'm sticking to this one. I actually miss posting in the club; it helped me sort through my thoughts and de-stress.

Anyway, I swear being in the humanities is a lot harder than being in the sciences. I have two essays due next week and I haven't even finished the readings. I'm so stressed out.

I gotta have faith. Faith that my marks for this term will be satisfactory. Faith that, even if my marks turn out to be less than where I want them for be, I'll be able to improve them in second semester. Faith that, even if I can't improve them in second semester, I'll still be accepted into grad school somehow. Faith that, even if I am not accepted into English grad school, I'll still be accepted, somewhere, somehow, by someone. Faith that, even if I'm not accepted, I'll still be able to make myself useful to society.

To be honest, I do not really know if English is the right path for me. What I know is that the humanities offer a different mode of learning--one which challenges and engages me, at least right now. Yet there is still something lacking--the focus on literary texts, which is the method of inquiry for the English department, still leaves me feeling somehow detached for the world. I kind of wish I took more philosophy and sociology in undergrad, instead of taking so many science courses (all of which felt similar in nature). I could somehow segue into sexual diversity/queer studies, or another field, maybe, in grad school. I don't know. I'll figure it out; I have faith.