A personal server is a household name, provided your home bookshelves are installed under Critical Theory texts. Put it this way: she gets screaming in the last season of “BoJack Horseman”. (Take this, Frederick Jameson). “Fragments, Lists, Lacona” does not suggest what she should not be sitting in her seminars. Words and habits of the mind are not her. Chasin, who College biography She notes an interest in “boundaries of meaning; repeating white space; and fragments,” adapted by a piece of one of her courses.
But I bet Butler gives the professor her own behavior. Her voice is gently low and flowing, and her effect is an funky blend of fun and precision. She wore a black embroidered suit, holding a laser pointer, and hints at the lavishness of the elbows and wrists, and at times she practices a funny crowd of Grosho – a notebook that goes out to the clown.
Chasin Conversations, as delivered by Butler, are distressing, clever, intelligent games as you walk or ride home. But as the piece gets stuck in its theatrical aspects, especially its vulgar imagination of students. At the end of many lectures, classroom lights and silent scenes loom – the intoxication with alcohol, unplanned pregnancy, and the two with dancing without a shirt. Do these students go to the library? Or call their mothers?
By contrast, the professor’s out-of-hours look shows her in a comfortable chair, to receive a student presentation. The play also generally avoids the interaction between the professor and the student, although Butler had a gentle improvisation as she handed over to the student a hanging throat. “A small portion,” she said.
The play lasts for two hours – approximately around the duration of the seminar meeting – and as it continues, the work of listening, reading, thinking, observing, and trying to reconcile the classroom story with the love of student life becomes. More difficult and less fun. Why can’t it just be a lecture, I scribbled, making my fragments, my own menus, and doodles in my notebook.
Fragments, Lists and Lacunae
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