New leader in the clubhouse. 4-1-4, with three mandatory January sessions plus a freshman seminar. No core courses, minimum nine credits each in the sciences, the social sciences, the humanities. Double majoring encouraged.
Planet would have two choices if she decided to major in music, a BA in Music through the college or a BA in Music Performance through the music conservatory. If the latter, she would need to apply to both the college and the conservatory. We've been warned by people before getting to Oberlin as well as by Oberlin admissions officers yesterday that the Conservatory degree is for musicians with serious professional ambitions and the appropriate dedication and drive. Planet will not be applying to the Conservatory.
Oberlin charters buses to and from campus to Boston, Chicago, New York, and DC at the beginning and end of semesters and Thanksgiving and Spring breaks, and students can ride for $100 round trip, which pleases me. Bands stop to play - last Spring both Animal Collective and Beach House came through, among others. Shuttles to Cleveland run weekends - we were told that Cleveland has the second largest theater district in America after NYC. Is that true?
Very pretty campus, small, not presumptuous town. The nearest town of size is Lorain, which we drove through and is a dump. Flat soybean farms surrounding. I wouldn't like it because the chances to backpack and deep wood don't exist, but it isn't an issue in Planet's case.
It's been a year since we made our first New England trip, and our impressions of Bowdoin and Middlebury and Williams have faded, so when I say I haven't heard Planet chirp so positively about a visit to any college that assertion is compromised by faded memories, but I haven't seen her beam as much at a school since our first visit to Gettysburg.
Kenyon this morning, then drive to NY to visit Hamilton.
Some links of note while they're still fresh, a poem, some music, below the fold:
- Ethan experiences a real-life ethical dilemma. I don't think he' a hypocrite.
- Justin had a similar experience.
- Lack of self-awareness watch.
- On Wikileaks (III).
- Of Time and the night.
- The crisis of the American working class.
- Cossacks in tricorns.
- Speaking of hypocrisy, it would take every ounce of my adherence to my beliefs to keep me from opening this fat-fucker's skull with a shovel.
- Speaking of fat-fuckers.
- Like a mosque to a flame.
- Rather than getting mad at the self-serving religious bigots in the Republican Party, how about getting mad at all the Democrats who aren't calling the Republicans bigots.
- Speaking of the pussiness of America's professional liberals, watch them stay silent as America's professional pigs vilify Christiane Amanpour.
- How to identify and boycott Israeli products.
- Dangerously ambitious Virginia pig.
- An argument for going to a tea party.
- zencomix in (and on) The Philippines.
- As predicted here (I'm too lazy to go find), the first of these has appeared, two months (at least) prematurely.
- Crisis in East Deer Park? Heh, one of the complainers in the article was once Planet's daycare provider when Planet was two, lives three houses down from Elric's parents.
- The orthodox marketing of experimental fiction.
- Via Silliman, four Scalapino books of poetry via pdf.
- The bike-snob book.
- Early McCarthy.
- McCarthy and Nevil Shute.
- Speaking of another McCarthy, Tom, I am struggling mightily with Remainder: I want to fucking strangle the protagonist, but since I'm assuming I'm supposed to want to strangle the protagonist....
- New Eno in the works. Lotsa Eno in the CD player this trip, serendipitously (if inevitably).
- Darkblack's Sunday Overnight.
- Why do bassists want the most sex?
THE MINNEAPOLIS POEM
Been listening to my Delgados collection this trip: