In marking hell at the moment. Just had my first fail followed by a brilliant essay that I gave 95%. Crazy.
Yesterday I had to submit a course reader for the postgrad course I am teaching over winter school. These courses are extremely intense for both students and course conveners. Should be a bit of fun. Over the past few weeks I have been rewatching all the relevant films I shall be discussing in the course (A Clockwork Orange, Mean Girls, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, etc) and reading various novels (Coupland, Salinger, etc). Plus I have been hunting for examples in the popular press and media (Corey Worthington, etc).
Lastly, I am behind on a book chapter I am co-authoring on ‘granular synthesis’.
I haven’t had to accelerate up to attack speed since I finished the dissertation. This weekend is a bit like a surreal flashback to the ultra-work of dissertation completion. Surreal in the sense that there is lots and lots of work but without the satisfaction of getting things like arguments and explanations right. Marking is not interesting work; it is the intellectual equivalent of labouring versus artisan craft.
I have about 250 students in total across three units, so I have a lot of marking to do. I need to find ways to make this interesting. Working at Gleebooks provides some relief. I did note however, that someone I work with looks like Alex’s mother (from A Clockwork Orange). The person I know is very pretty, so it is not some comment on her looks; rather, she dresses following a very similar style. I think this is awesome!