Sunday, August 14, 2005

9 to 5

School-less, job-less, I drift along. I actually do have things to work on before school starts, which is good. I never wrote about my meeting with Mentor, but it was a couple of weeks ago and it went really well. He wants me to become involved in a couple of projects he is working on. Firstly, he asked me to edit the book he's writing. Can you believe that? 21-year-old undergrad me. Obviously he will have it edited by his publisher, but he wants me to go over it first. When he asked me, I said, incredulous, "But you were my professor, I was your student." He said, "Yeah, but this is your field." I have a field. Sweet.

He also asked me to develop/head a writing program for a new organization he's starting. I might be able to swing some college credit if I do it. I'm incredibly flattered that he assumes I'm capable for the work he's asking me to do.

I'm also reading two excellent books: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles. Boyfriend gave me A Fine Balance; he's a smart one and knows that the fastest way to my heart is with a book. I'm only 100-something pages in (it's 624 pages) but I'm already quite hooked. Who Cooked the Last Supper is wonderful too. My only reservation (I wouldn't call it a complaint, per se) is that I think the book would alienate male readers. I couldn't stand Feminism is for Everybody for that reason. Yes, patriarchy is an evil institution, nobody will acknowledge that more than me. But, while this book is highly enjoyable and insightful, I am a few chapters in and she has already told me that women originally ruled the world until men grew jealous and violently forced us into submission. Okay, maybe that did happen, but... I don't know. I think that a history that glorifies women over men is just as bad as the prevalent one that glorifies men over women. But that's a flaw of mine: I can't just take history objectively, I keep thinking, "Why did that happen, though??" Good thing I changed my major from history back to English. (Note: I'm not saying the history presented in the book is real history. Just thinking out loud.)


A. Estella Sassypants said...

Congrats on everything you've got going on. The editing sounds amazing, and I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job!

sojourness said...

Thanks Andi :)