Cut To The Credits

It’s finally finished, the Mid-Course exams that have plagued me like Russian tourists plague the children of the Nile are over. I apprehensively started Modern History, moved on to the dynamo of stress which was Advanced History and then relaxed dramatically for a one hour story about internally machinations in a socialist UK for Extension 1. The angst meter dipped up briefly for German, before finally coming through to French, which was passed with a sense of confidence and a relieved smile with thanks to a certain blogger.
Five days, five exams, and now before me, like the open sea, three weeks of free, stressless time. What shall I do with this time? That is a question that will need answering in the near future, and I’m inviting suggestions from all you guys out there, because I’m stumped.

But the post about that particular dilemma is several days in the future. For this is the part of the movie where we fade out, and cut slowly to the credits, several marching lines of black text, overlain with some ancient classic. Cue cultural cringe!

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13 thoughts on “Cut To The Credits

  1. Felicitations! (you can read that in English or French, whichever you prefer). I cannot suggest what you should do with your three weeks off, unless you want some book recommendations, in which case I can offer you heaps (especially the worlds of children’s and young adult fiction, which is my Professional Academic Specialty. Or you could just go read Foucault or something).

    Is Advanced History by any chance the History of the Future? I ask because Modern History seems clearly categorized by time period, and Advanced History should keep in the same taxonomic system.

    I know Things Are Different in Australia (and everywhere else), but do you intend to go to university?

    • Thank you for the comment!

      I meant to write Advanced English, but Advanced History does sound better. I use my exceptional foresight to write the history of the future, in fictional form. Believe me. It’s not all too fancy.

      Who is Focault? Reading advice would be lovely. And yes, I do intend to go to university.

  2. Fook Focault, and the pendulum he rode in on.
    Australian history is more advanced than any other history. This sounds even better to me, because as I write it I am doing a South Afrikan accent, but you can’t hear it. We are so advanced we have reefs in the desert. We are so advanced we are the past. We suffer from Gondwana-mouth.
    I suggest you study. The end is nigh.

  3. we will just have to agree to disagree on that particular writer – “I’m even more radical as a neo-con than I was a Trot”. Terry Eagleton takes him off wonderfully.

    • Just because I’m reading him doesn’t mean I agree with what he says, dear Joe. I’m having quite vociferous disagreements throughout the book, mostly concerning his overly individualist stance, arrogant manner (Australian top poppy syndrome), the whole concept of being a “rebel” or “contrarian”, and his propensity for adding in French quotes with little in the way of content and less in terms of explanation.

  4. Foucault is a French historian, theorist, general smartypants (or was; he’s been dead since the mid-90s, I think). He’s been hugely influential in literary theory, and cultural studies generally; he’s mainly interested in power, knowledge, and institutions that attempt to control and consolidate these. *Discipline and Punish* is one of his more important books; it’s a history, of sorts, of the French penal system. It starts with an incredibly graphic account of a convict being drawn and quartered publicly; but it also contains (chapter 3, I think) Foucault’s discussion of the Panopticon and panopticism. He’s interested there in surveillance, and how those being policed will often taken on the function of policing themselves. It’s more complex than that, but quite quite interesting and useful for thinking about lots of different things.

    If you want to read fiction, I can offer lists and lists from all over. If it’s theory or nonfiction you want, I’m a bit less useful.

    • This Focault bloke sounds highly interesting, his specialties and interests lying parallel to my own. And the Panopticon concept is science fiction style freaky.

      And I generally prefer fiction. I’ve been trying to read all the literal classics of late. Just finished Catcher in the Rye and Great Gatsby for instance.

  5. Just stick to German writers:
    Karl Marx
    Erich von Daniken
    Benedict XVI
    Sven Hassel
    Martin Heidegger
    The Brothers Grimm
    Carl Jung
    Stefan von Mortimer
    Franz Kafka
    John von Neumann
    Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen

    • I’ve only read Daniken, Marx and the Grimms out of that list. They’re all hopelessly dated. Except of course for Marx. Marx’s eternal wisdom shall pervade all, like the taste of cheese and cauliflower roll pervades the back of my throat, forcing me into a state of perpetual nausea.

  6. Of course they are dated they are old, and von Daniken is writing about ancient astronauts so it is very very old. But the Brothers Grimm are the best neo-realist documentary writers I have read, doing for Germanic forests what Studs Terkel did for WW2 and Max Brooks did for WWZ.

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