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Friday, December 5, 2008


I can't believe I've just spent 30 minutes trying to explain to a gay boy that Ugly Betty has a queer aesthetic.

Me: Vanessa Williams is the queerest thing about that show.

Him: Umm...how?

(Conversational Disaster)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

2:05PM - My friend Lisa Made One, So I Will To! Final List of schools

1. Princeton, PhD, English
2. Brown, PhD, Theatre and Performance Studies
3. Northwestern, PhD, Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama
4. Cornell, PhD, Theatre Studies
5. UCLA, PhD, Theatre
6. CUNY, PhD, Theatre
7. University of Michigan, PhD, English
8. USC, PhD, English
9. UCSD, PhD, Theatre
10. University of Iowa, MFA, Dramaturgy

Saturday, May 17, 2008


22 people wrote english honors theses
9 were nominated for best thesis
my friend michelle got best thesis, i got 2nd

a nice boost to know that people other than my advisors thing my thesis is good, and willing to think about musicals seriously ;)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

5:09PM - oh my god

ok so you know how sometimes you start college weighing 113 lbs?

and then you gain weight, and the nyou weigh 135

and then you dont' weight yourself for two years, but you know you've gained weight...so you think maybe 155?

and then you weigh yourself?

and you weigh 185?




no more fast food. lots of water. and i might start *gasp* excercising

Friday, February 22, 2008


"Twentieth Century Boys": Performing Wildean Affect in the Musical Archive

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


1. Had a thesis breakthrough
2. Now I need to learn about megamusicals
3. My advisor's biggest criticsm of me is that I "carry too much tension in my shoulders" ?
4. They are nominating me for a 20,000 research award!

Friday, February 15, 2008


so apparently i will be in summer school this summer.

a. it turns out the astronomy i have been taking is not "intro to..." but rather, "astronomy for majors"

b. i got a 50 on the first test

c. have no desire to distract myself from more important things in order to just pass the class.

d. ugh

Monday, January 28, 2008


so i've got some hardcore revising to do before i'm even considering it a first draft ...but i am handing it ot Ann and Stacy today.

my thesis chapter on a man of no importance...a lot got done this weekend.

its no pun, but for now:

"Man in the Mirror, Man in the Mirror": Reflective Nostalgia, Queer Dramaturgies, and the Politics of Repeating

Current mood: accomplished

Sunday, January 6, 2008

9:21AM - NY update

1. saw a concert of new material by an up and coming musicals composer
2. met boy named jonathan
3. met anthony rapp (the first mark from rent)
4. sang showtunes at marie's crisis (gay piano bar
5. went to gay bar in east village
6. ran into steven (ex bf from austin apparently he is here at the same time. what are the odds really?)
7. met cute sixth grade teach for america teacher named jeff
8. thought i was not going to have sex with jonathan
9. thought i was going to have sex with jeff
10. had sex with jonathan.
11. woke up hungover and hoarse

Friday, December 21, 2007

3:41PM - shakespeare get out of my life

I got all my grades back--All A's with a B in Shakespeare. I knew I had a B earlier in the semester (thanks to my refusal to say anything in class), but my final paper was pretty amazing, and given that he also curves, I expected an A. So I emailed the professor to say WTF

he wrote back saying that my paper, he agreed, was amazing, but that it didn't respond to the topic assigned. whatevs.

he emailed me back a couple hours agao (again), offering me the chance to revise it.

i mean, i probably will, but I'm super annoyed.

like, im having a hard time doing my research on musicals right now...and unlike Shakespeare, i LIKE those.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

5:26PM - i can't stop watching this

oh patti...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

6:06PM - books for christmas

I need to buy my family books for Christmas

I want to buy them something vaguely literary, but probably not queer, which excludes me buying them any of my favorite novels of late.

I'm considering getting my mom Nicole Kraus's HIstory of Love

For my younger brother and father, I'm clueless...


Tuesday, December 11, 2007


i'm officially disowning my parents

Saturday, December 8, 2007


I just felt that you all should know I am writing about S and M in the plays of Christopher Marlowe. good idea, or just the end of the semester? you decide.



Saturday, December 1, 2007


Dear Friends:

My music selection just hasn't been doing it for me as of late. My music library is largely comprised of showtunes, 80s music, and lesbian folk singers. I don't necessarily need music from outside of these genres, but do send any recommendations/new discoveries my way...I'm looking to expand!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


SO the theatre department chair can go fuck himself. he denied my petition, and if i dont get this resolved, i am going to graduate wihtout a degree in theatre. it'll suck, but i am NOT staying in school next fall to take one god damn class. It'll possilby get resolved, but i am beyond annoyed.

My schedule for this week:

Plan Presentation for Writing About Performance
Read for Thesis

Shakespeare Group Work
Read for Thesis

Lisa Research
Read for Thesis

Finish Lisa Research
Read for Thesis


Annotated Bibliography
Proofread ann bib and thesis proposal
Read for Thesis

Write Shakespeare paper
Read for Thesis
Write Thesis Presentation

Write Brothers and Sisters' Blog Entry
Read for Thesis

Edit things for Jill's class
(Write assassin's program note?)

Turn it all in

Then maybe I'm done? I have no idea if I have final papers or not.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


1. Yesterday I applied for the New York Teaching Fellows--everything except my Statement of Purpose. This could result in me moving to NYC in June for the next 3 years....

2. My mother thinks I'm fat.

3. I'm wondering how old I will have to be before I stop being at the kid's table.

Monday, November 19, 2007

6:44PM - florida...

lots of laying, thesising, and playing with the cocker spaniel of my dreams.

thesis reading/my love for walter benjamin has resulted in a new finessing of my thesis topic, as represented by this new possible title:

Angels in the Archive: Oscar Wilde, Affective Performativity, and Queer Temporalities

now time for Law and Order, dinner, and Sedgwick

Friday, November 16, 2007


Dear Broadway Producers:

Please start paying your stagehands appropriately so that I can see your lovely productions when I come to New York Jan 4-12.



Thursday, November 15, 2007

9:32AM - coming to florida

hello floridians--i'm coming home this saturday for a lovely 9-day stay!

while the list of things I have to do over the break may not seem like i'll have time to play...trust me...i'll make time.

1. eat fried foods with jessica blosil
2. read 2 chapters of thesis research/day (one on musicals, one on affect)
3. revise conference paper
4. write program note for assassins
5. write pop culture blog entry on Brothers and Sisters
6. Finish unit in online gov, review for exam
7. Revise thesis proposal

ohh also, i am coming to NYC from Jan 4-12, where I will be staying with the lovely Jessica Stevens. I have research to do, but I also have drinks to drink, theater to see, and alleys to explore...so do join in!

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