not done yet…

Every other day my friend L. calls me. Before I even say hello I answer her question, “Not yet. Not done yet.” Then we talk for two minutes in which I chatter about what I am doing and promise to call her the instant I send in my last paper.

If she called right now the interaction would be exactly the same. Not yet.

I stopped counting how many pages I produced last week after I finished my 23-page thesis and then immediately wrote a 17 page paper (that was only supposed to be 10). Still to do: minimum 14 pages? In 24 hours? No matter; I am a paper-writing machine. My confidence might just be delirium from sleeplessness and too much caffeine.

Here are some of my titles:

  • The Interior Jungle: Articulation of Identity in Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding
  • Of Parents and Portraits: The Moribund Identity of Aurora Leigh
  • Deconstruction as Negative Theology: Mystical Undertones in Derrida (epigraph: “I pray God to rid me of God.” — Meister Eckhart)
  • The Monologism of Madness (working title. clearly needs at least one colon & possibly an epigraph.)

In case you’re wondering, then yes, I did write almost solely about construction of identity this semester. Psychoanalysis, anyone?

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~ by Not Alice on May 13, 2008.

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