Oh, the kind of angel I’m on the side of / Won’t ever try to hide from the terrible responsibilities of love! — Kenneth Patchen
what you doin to confuse them kids, mike?
I'm vague and stuff.
Mike Young to his class: MC Oroville commands you to quantify your sentences with a flavor that respects the subversion of parochial norms. Make things explode! Make dragons with mullets come out of your pen! Drink Mountain Dew in 7-11's parking lot and die a little inside just so you can revive yourself. Pretend your pen is a hammer and the page is a piniata which contains flavorful, ripe, heavenly junk. Slash through your fragmentary subconscious visions to create greater (but smaller) pieces which you can crazy-glue together to construct towering ziggerats to the doughnuts of the gods. Live inside of a confusing throbbing mass of images and words, and translate it to the page!Mike's Students: Ok. So what the fuck is our homework?
Yeah, that's pretty close, actually.
I want to take your class. Unfortunately, I don't go to UMASS but I do live about an hour from there when I'm home.
Maybe you're the reason the kids are all on strike.
They are. It's a Graduate Employee Union issue that extended into an all-student strike. We'll see what happens.
Can I meet you sometime Mike Young? since you happen to teach where I live (in Western MA).I really admire your writing, seriously. And even though I seem crazy. I'm not dangerous, and you could probably beat me up.I would just like to come into contact with someone whose writing has made a real impact on my brain. I think it would be inspiring to see someone whose writing I wish to emulate in real life and see that they're a real person, like me.as to waht's in it for you....um...candy?
mike is not a real personhe is wisps and the occasional blazer.be very careful if you meet himhe likes expensive breakfasts.
Bryan, in his unseemly sling of misinformation, omits the fact that I also like inexpensive breakfasts.
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