Parting Shots from 2007

I’d like to thank all members of the class for participating in this blog during our class. As I mentioned, I intend to keep it alive going into the new year, and you are welcome to continue contributing (and I hope people will!). I wanted to close with a few random notes and announcements.

I was pleased overall with the final exams and papers, and I hope all of you will consider sending your paper to Tyler for "publication" in the top secret, draft-only collection he is assembling.

If you would like feedback on your paper and/or you wish to discuss moving it forward for submission to a conference, please schedule a half hour to meet with me.

The real reason for this post is that I got tired of seeing "Drunk Women on Facebook" heading up our site for over a week. Sheesh! Can’t we be a little more artsy?

Speaking of artsy, I watched some lovely films earlier this week. One is My Life as a Dog, a Swedish film from about 20 years ago or so. Not only was it poignant and moving in its own right, but it also contributed immensely to my understanding of the cultural logic underlying the phenomenon known as Erik Stolterman. The other is The Double Life of Veronique, which was made by Krzysztof Kieslowski, who also directed Trois Couleurs: Bleu, which I showed a bit of in class (the car crash sequence). Veronique was a dreamy film that didn’t make a lot of logical sense, and yet somehow felt right. Plus it was beautifully shot and scored, of course, being a Kieslowski film.

Happy holidays to all!

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