Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Daydream Syllabus #3: Literature of Sickness


Virginia Woolf once complained that sickness ought to be one of literature’s great themes and yet wasn’t. This seminar will aim to contest that assertion, taking sickness of many kinds—literal, metaphorical, mental, contagious—as a great literary theme. Why do we keep resorting to “illness as metaphor”—and what, if anything, can we learn about illness and society’s handling of illness from art about sickness? 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How It Feels to Be Adopted Korean-American Me

A bibimbap burger (obviously my next food obsession).
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A very long article from this weekend's Times Magazine appeared today early, titled "Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea." I was adopted from South Korea in 1990, when I was just a few months old, so it jumped out at me. (I mean, I'm part of that generation, so I was surprised to hear of my apparently impending relocation plans.) I normally try not to news-aggregate here, but this one was important to me.