December 11, 2003

The only thing that’s real

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 2:23 pm

I’ve turned off my phone. I’ve closed my e-mail program and signed out of MSN and AIM instant messenger. When I’m done with this entry, I’ll close my web browser, too. In front of me is a bottle of orange juice, a Trader Joe’s Middle East Feast, a fork, and this computer. Behind me, laid out on the bed and floor, are all of the reading materials for “Romanticism and History,” taught by Hugh Roberts. I’m about to start on my take-home test: one question for two hours, one question for one hour. I’ll turn on iTunes and listen to only melancholy music, like the Smiths and Nick Drake–the kind of thing Shelley or Byron would listen to if they were around today. As of right now, it is the late 18th and early 19th century, in England and France.

And awayyy we go!



  1. Dear god. Not only does your professor expect you to adhere to some sort of *rule* during a take-home test, but you’re actually doing just that!

    Look at what grad school has made you become! Just look at yourself!!!

    Comment by kindle — December 11, 2003 @ 11:17 pm

  2. don’t kid yourself kindle. he’s always been this way. grad school just gives him an excuse. πŸ˜‰

    Comment by ariela — December 12, 2003 @ 6:47 am

  3. I don’t buy it. This is just his cover for a cocaine-induced orgy of sex and violence. Then when the police come, he’ll say “What? Oh, no, officers- I was taking my take-home test. Look, I even posted in my blog about it!” And the cops’ll say “Well, no one ever lies in a blog. Looks like we’ll have to go back to theory B; a robot ninja from the future.” And Tom will laugh. Quietly. On the inside.


    Comment by Brian — December 12, 2003 @ 11:01 am

  4. brian, im not an “lol” kind of girl, but i have to admit im busting a gut over here. here being cold, cold, cruel cold boston. so thanks.

    Comment by alex — December 14, 2003 @ 2:38 pm

  5. I think it’s pretty obvious that if Shelley or Byron were alive today, they’d clearly listen to the Monster Mash by the Misfits.

    Comment by Bret — December 16, 2003 @ 10:57 am

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