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Separation Anxiety - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
January 18th, 2003
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Separation Anxiety
Two days ago, the very last lesson of Prof. Ben-Porat's course on intertextuality and the western canon took place. Per our agreement, I e-mailed her my lesson notes to review, and, it being the final lesson, included a few words of appreciation and thanks. My gratitude is immense: this person impressed me on many levels, from personal grace through erudition to literary insight, and her class was simply enjoyable and enlightening throughout. But my phrasing was polite and dampened, following ygurvitz's advice; he said that if I enjoyed her class so much, I may very well want to take a seminar with her next year, and so it would perhaps be unethical to break the academic barrier at this point, and may place the professor in an awkward situation next year.

So, she just replied and thanked me for "my kind words", but also wrote:
If in spite of my failing memory and the university's 'recovery plan' (which
entails retiring people like me) I'll be teaching next year, I'll be delighted to have you as a student once again.
Aarrrgh!

I feel... forlorn.

Current Mood: forlorn
Current Music: foo purrs

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From:veryty
Date:January 19th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)

More poignance (brace yourself!)

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Our beloved animal familiars and companions don't have a lifespan anywhere near as long as humans.

Esteemed and valued profs may not be teaching any more when we feel inclined to study on with them.

Dear friends relocate far away for reasons that of course have nothing to do with ourselves, and we wish them all the best.

Live now to the hilt, to the max, and develop ways to retain as much as you can. "Carpe diem," which seems such wise advice, is only a figure of speech; how can we grasp the ephemeral? That, my dear friend, is a vital question and a practical (rather than rhetorical) one.

Hint at answer: by growing, by comprehending, by laying down pathways for memory. At least, that's how it seems to me.
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