Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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Carefully Curated Spring Break Links! Definitely Not Too Many!

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Why, I say, oh why, is it so hard to simply serve the concept and write the adventures of a smart, creative and kind-hearted teenage girl with superpowers? What purpose earthly or unearthly is served by making this character an embittered space tyrant?

… I questioned the desire to attribute the worst aspects of human behaviour to characters whose only useful function, as I see it, aside from simply entertaining young people and anyone else who fancies an uplifting holiday in a storybook world far from the grinding monotony of pessimism and disillusion, is to provide a primary-coloured cartoon taste of how we all might be if we had the wit and the will and the self-sacrifice it takes to privilege our best selves and loftiest aspirations over our base instincts. While that great day is unlikely to happen any time soon in any halfway familiar real world, why not let comic book universes be playgrounds for the kind of utopian impulses that have in the past brought out the best in us?

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March 12, 2022 at 6:38 pm

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I nearly took a job this summer working as the resident adviser and teaching assistant for the Duke in New York summer session; in the end it didn’t work out for budgetary reasons, but I think it would have been fun. I only bring this up because Jaimee and I randomly bumped into the Duke in New York crew while we were walking through the Museum of Modern Art today, which means that whether I’d taken the job or not I would have been in that exact location at that exact time. More investigation is needed, but I assume it’s fair to conclude that this incredibly minor coincidence holds true across all possible universes—no matter what, at 1:00 pm on June 16, 2007, that’s where I am.

New York was fun, of course. The trouble with New York is that every time I visit I want to move there more, but every time Jaimee visits she wants to move there less. (And thus we are torn apart.) Today’s highlight for me was surely the giant Dan Perjovschi installation in the central gallery of the MoMA, which through the magic of technology you can visit online. I’ll try to put up some more images from the piece when I get back to Durham, but it’s great fun.

After MoMA we also had time to visit the American Folk Art Museum, which has a couple of very cool pieces by Henry Darger, as well as some great political outsider art.

After that we hit Central Park for a free concert with some friends and a freak rainstorm that left us all soaked. When we got back to Jersey we met up with some of Jaimee’s friends from high school for a meal at a quintessential Jersey diner that leaves me now questioning the wisdom of my decision to eat nothing but disgusting greasy food whenever I’m inside New Jersey.

So ends Bloomsday.

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June 17, 2007 at 3:55 am

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