Yesterday I was trying to teach and my classrooms overlook one of the main campus courtyards. On a typical day, as long as the windows are closed, there is not a problem with the noise. Yesterday was not typical. They were doing a sound check for the weekend’s events. It was unbelievably loud. Loud enough to make me need to stop class for a few minutes. Fortunately, the noise was intermittent. Still, I thought I would share the soundtrack to my day.
- 10:30am: Discussing an essay by Iraqi poet Sa’di Yusuf to Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”
- 12:30pm: Discussing Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s “Decolonising the Mind” to a really dramatic orchestral processional. The music came on as one of my students was about to say something, so I told her, before she began, that her comment was guaranteed to sound brilliant with that accompaniment.
- 2:30pm: Discussing Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive to a microphone check. One of my students started to freestyle about late 18th century US literature...