Category Archives: Berkeley

Pretty Damned Good Day

I applied to speak at commencement about two weeks before the due date. I didn’t think I had any kind of a chance to win, but I tried really hard to avoid repeating anything I’ve said in my columns at … Continue reading

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Teachers

The other day in my Chernin class, we were asked to talk about our favorite teachers. At the time, I mostly named professors I’ve had at Cal because the people in my group are all looking for tips on who … Continue reading

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What I learned from my first transcription job

I took a work-study job at Berkeley last year transcribing for a project in the Institute of Human development. I received recordings of classroom interaction with kids in the 10-12 range and transcribed everything into a readable format for a … Continue reading

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Preface to Gaiman, in the style of Samuel Johnson

**Our assignment was either to write a dull essay, or to emulate the style of Samuel Johnson in his dense yet ardent praise of William Shakespeare. Alone among my classmates, I chose the latter.** That admiration in gratuitous excess is … Continue reading

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The Tell-Tale Ankle

Before Thanksgiving I fell down the stairs I tumbled and twisted and yelled out some swears John came and rescued, I rested and iced After ten days it felt almost nice Wednesday I got up and packed up for school … Continue reading

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Pawn Shop in a College Town

  At a pawn shop in a college town You can buy the pieces to a better life   Instruments someone else learned to play And a graphing calculator that will save your ass during finals Jewelry from grandma Hocked … Continue reading

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It’s Time.

I’m coming out. For those of you who know me, this may or may not come as a shock. I’ve talked it over with my husband, again and again, for the past few weeks. He supports me completely and he … Continue reading

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