Jun. 5th, 2007 02:43 pm
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I haven't seen any lightning, but even if I do, it will not keep me away from the next-to-last session of Urban Farm. (Yay Urban Farm! Best class ever! I am going to miss it so much that I am looking into volunteering at one of Eugene's community gardens after the end of the term, just to get my "really big garden that I share with a bunch of people and we all hang out and work on it together" fix, because it is that awesome, even if I totally got a sunburn doing just that last Saturday.) And now I must finish proofreading my review of Michael Pollan's Second Nature, which I will be turning in today --- it turned out really well and I'm super-proud, especially of the way I used the phrase "really gets on my tits" in a way that was almost entirely appropriate except for how it's sort of an academic paper and all. Tee-hee! I'll put the full book report on TracyFood sometime soon, perhaps in sections because I rambled on and on and on for almost seven pages (only one of which was devoted to my deep aversion to the masculine generic --- Inclusive language forever, baby!)

Hot damn, it's pouring out. I'd better go let Iggy Pop in from the rain, and then look at bus schedules.

Date: 2007-06-06 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I covet your class. :)

srsly: I dunno what's so fucking hard about "s/he" and "they." It's not clunky, and it's the best there is without resorting to crap that implies I feel like a victim of the English language, which I don't.

Date: 2007-06-06 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've become a fan of phrasing everything with first and second person pronouns to avoid the he/she issue entirely. Second Nature was SO FRUSTRATING because it was full of all these really good ideas phrased in such a way that I had to keep stopping to growl at the language use. At one point in my book review I actually wrote something like "if you think you're sick of hearing me complain about this, imagine how sick I am of reading a really good idea and thinking, 'awesome! except for the pronouns, of course.' " Gah.

Date: 2007-06-07 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Do you get the people telling you (condescendingly, awkwardly, or both) how "he" includes you, too? *twitch*

Date: 2007-06-07 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think I've had to deal with that particular flavor of annoyance in a while, luckily. Or else I've blocked it out to avoid going mad with rage.


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