ColinMcEnroe

"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time..." -- Kerouac

Friday, December 09, 2005

The truth...

So yesterday, as I got ready for class, Alison sent me this email:
"Maybe Professor [Pet name redacted] can tell them how he feels about them. Not generalities and conclusions about the class, what they've accomplished, "go forth and conquer", etc etc.

How he feels. About them. Open."


She knows, of course, how I feel about this class. But I didn't tell you. Because that would be too weird.
Whatever this class was to you, any of you, it was even more to me. You were a gift, and each of you was so necessary to the others, which is really what a seminar should be. I'll never get a class this great again, ever. You changed the way I think (and feel!) about more subjects than just blogging. OK, that's as open as I can be. It should have come out last night, but I figure: I''m here to teach you, not gush all over you.
But thank you.

19 Comments:

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Brett said...

I dunno...that World Series team comment pretty much said it all. Thanks for your openness Colin. I will miss all of you.

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger Holly said...

This class turned out to be much more than I thought it would be, too. This was probably one of the best classes I've had. There was great chemistry, great ideas, fascinating personalities, a certain maturity about everyone that was refreshing - as much as I like the younger folks in my other classes... there's definately something to be said about life experience.

This class, the subjects (minus the political stuff - sorry, Colin - just ain't my cup 'o tea), the people - all helped steer me in the direction of finding creativity that I had lost somewhere along life's trials and tribulations. Hell, I've learned that I can even open up (a bit) without feeling totally vulnerable to the outside world.

So, dear Colin, I thank YOU - you've been quite an inspiration, and really... a damned good teacher. I'll look forward to future dealings, perhaps... and if The Courant ever ends their 'hiring freeze,' let me know. Never know what talents are just waiting for the chance to come out.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger coturnix said...

This may be too late, but if anyone writing a paper wants some semi-hard data about bloggers, Blogads Blog Survey was done in 2004 and 2005.

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger coturnix said...

Anthropology of the Blogosphere may also be of interest...

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger coturnix said...

...and there is an article in NYT tomorrow (Sunday) about political blogs:
see here

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger coturnix said...

And you may want to look at an academic blog survey

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Mattyd said...

Thanks Colin. It certainly was a class that I will remember always, and when listening to your show in the afternoons, I'm certain that nostalgia will consume me from time to time (when you're not yelling at old ladies who call in). It's a shame you don't teach more courses at Trinity. You did a terrific job, and you've inspired me to continue blogging.

In addition, I've decided to continue to blog on my class blog only, thus coming out of hiding and ending my secret blog. I've decided that I'd rather throw my bottle into an empty ocean, why not start with one already filled with shark victims.

Thanks for everything. Now back to this damn paper.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Papa Bill said...

I said it on my blog, but it's certainly worth repeating; it would be almost impossible to duplicate this experience. The confluence of personalities, the uniqueness of the course material, and, even I agree, the excellence of the professor, made this semester unforgettable. My question is: how the hell are you going to do this again? Congratulations and good luck.

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Nile said...

Colin,

A few heart-felt thoughts from you, who is always so careful both with words and emotions, means much more than a flowery speech. We all had a wonderful time.

I feel like I've made some new friends with whom I hope to keep in touch, including you. I have no one else in my life who uses the word "cat" to mean something other than a small, furry, domesticated animal. How can I give that up?

Maybe next year, you can teach a writing course that uses a blog as the medium for sharing and critiquing work -- or something else different enough for us to justify taking your class again.

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Patti said...

You--weird--never!! That was the best thing! Having an unconventional professor made for interesting and unpredictable. I actually thought I liked conventiality in the classroom but I've been converted. Not having a "normal" syllabus drove me nuts at first, as did the political blogs, but I still couldn't miss a thursday night because --well that was just it--I might miss something. I don't think I did. It took me some time to get those things like --links--yeah--that's the ticket. And I know I drove some people crazy(even people outside of our class)but they let me discover things in my own time and better late than never I could finally link and upload pictures.Thanks to everybody--I won't soon forget you all. Now there's no limit to what is possible. Thanks!!
P.S. Professor who? Come on let us in on the pet name.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger shante said...

Dear Professor Colin,
I'm awful at being pithy, but just to echoe what my fabulous mates have said, you made this random medium far more than just a class, so thank you, from the bottom of my undergraduate heart.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Transgenderedtrash said...

The reality is no other Professor could have done this. You weren't just the glue...you were the catalyst for everything. Think about it...you ever have a class where EVERYONE was so prepared? We knew we could not outdo you but I think everyone wanted to please you and worked accordingly...and that is what teaching is all about....motivating us to work our butts off without us ever realizing we were working so hard.

The best thing you get out of all this is not so much satisfaction as it is power. I dare MeMo to call you a "Tucker Carlsonish skunk of a man" again. For three months you served us the Kool Aid and should she dare...I think all 15 of us are ready to strap on our "Fundamentalist Blogging BackPacks" and visit the Houston Chronical site.

 
At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

Imagine, the golden ages of the academy (ancient Greece, medieval-turning-enlightenment Europe)must have been something like our fall semester together. Studying...hell, discovering and evolving!... a new human innovation; poking at how the new innovation changes and illuminates the old innovations; and best of all doing it all with an unusually excited conductor and a (most of the time) excitable set of instrumentalists (like Sun Ra and his Arkestra).

By far, the juiciest graduate class I've ever been in. Mille grazie, tutti.

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger nightquill said...

Would that have been
Professor Bloggypants????

 
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