now for some sloth time


post-work relaxation selfie

In the last couple of weeks I’ve finished writing a paper (handed in on deadline day), given a talk, and prepped like crazy for the new semester. It’s been just a bit tiring, so at the end of the week I rewarded myself with just a small glass of The Chita.

The paper that I just finished is a funny hodgepodge of Pokémon Go, Marc Augé’s notion of the “non-place,” just a bit of Adorno, and a few of Thoreau’s Wild Fruits. The talk, an expanded version of a talk I gave a couple of years ago at the International Melville Conference held at Waseda University in Tokyo, covers Melville’s “Paradise of Bachelors and Tartarus of Maids,” Thoreau’s The Maine Woods and Wild Fruits, Moby-Dick and Moby Duck, and there’s also side riff on Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, just to spice things up.

After all this activity, Golden Week has come just in time so I can sloth it out for a couple of days. My slothing will not involve the digging of giant underground tunnels, which is apparently how prehistoric sloths liked to spend their time, but it might include eating a few avocados. Did you know that it’s quite possible that giant prehistoric sloths are responsible for the spread of the avocado throughout the Americas? You cannot be thanked enough, giant sloths.


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