Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day Back

In honor of MTSU being back in session I offer the following Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("When She Was Bad") exchange between Principal Snyder and Giles:

SNYDER: The first day back. It always gets me. 
GILES: Yes. 
SNYDER: I mean, it's incredible. One day the campus is completely bare. Empty. The next, there are children everywhere. Like locusts. Crawling around, mindlessly bent on feeding and mating. Destroying everything in sight in their relentless, pointless desire to exist. 
GILES: I do enjoy these pep talks. Have you ever considered, given your abhorrence of children, school's principal was not, perhaps, your true vocation?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Foreign Accent Syndrome

I just learned about this when the Car Guys talked about it on NPR this morning.

An NPR story about it here. An Australian 60 Minutes story below.

All the cases seem to have had a causative incident--an automobile accident, dental surgery, a terrible migraine headache, a stroke--that brought on the syndrome.

This made me think about the astonishing Borges' story "Funes the Memorious," in which a man falls off his horse, striking his head on a rock, and suddenly develops a perfect memory (he can remember last Tuesday but it will take him all day to do do).

So here's my crowd-source challenge: Propose a fictional syndrome--supply a name please--a cause, and a description of its effects.

For example:

Nic Cage Syndrome

After David Lavery was hit in the head by lightning after saying something blasphemous, he inexplicably became one of the actor Nicolas Cage's biggest fans and apologists.
Send your syndrome to david.lavery@gmail.com.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Baterine

A great example of the "gestalt shift" (which I often talk about in explaining poetry).

Sunday, August 17, 2014