Every road leads, if you continue on far enough, to anomaly, to contradiction, mystery. A satisfaction of sorts at the start of a journey, to know where you are going for a while.
I can hardly believe that at the beginning, in my initial project, I touched the end. Like the tyro swimmer jumping into the deep end of the pool, one soon gets the idea. It is clear and simple yet complex. A trick to learn, a great seriousness to appreciate, and finally a joke of which the comedian is the butt.
My first project in graduate school was astonishingly demanding and it presumed a wide understanding of the sociological enterprise which I did not have at the time and which I did not appreciate that I lacked. In the event I stumbled upon a gold bearing lode with more than enough material questions for the work of several lives but my digger’s intuition failed me and though I marked the place I wandered off and never came back. Continue reading
Its a joke, son. A woman goes to a party and meets a famous artist who she finds inordinately attractive. After several drinks she goes with him to his studio and spends a night of deliriously passionate lovemaking. In the morning she awakes to find that she has been with a notorious look-alike no-talent guy. No sign of big time artist. The woman’s happiness and sense of victorious achievement immediately changes to anger and shame. The lover in the night had been a starkly concrete illusion.
A Saturday night gathering of neighborhood families to play pinochle. After three hours of play the gang spirals down from the competitive high with coffee and cake and casual socializing. Charlie F, the master machinist, finds a cloth measuring tape lying around and his pixie side suddenly alert he begins to measure his body the way a tailor would to fit a suit. Conversation stops and all watch. Continue reading
This sequence of three posts tells how the failure to communicate among researchers and their failure to see clearly and quickly their local reality had disastrous consequences for their research project.
A government agency gives a research grant to Professor X who does not have time to do the work himself so he hires as principal investigator a drop-out graduate student Y with a growing family who needs a steady job. The grant money gives X the chance to start a research organization attached to the university. If successful X’s power and influence will increase. X is very generous and gives investigator Y an appointment to the graduate school as well as a regular salary and health insurance. Y is back on track to complete his doctoral work. Things are looking good all around. Continue reading