Taking Stock

I am taking a moment at the outset of summer to take stock of the year. Though the natural breaking point for the year is December, and though I usually do feel reflective then, as an academic, my years sheer cleanly along the school calendar’s lines, recently involving moves, new places of employ, and similar obvious points of development. So, what has happened just now?

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Thug Life, Tübingen

They shout at one another and laugh and drink themselves stupid every night on the river’s brick embankment beneath my windows: no different from what American university students would be doing were drinking legal at age 9, and decent beer from glass bottles with ceramic stoppers only 50 cents and had we charming brick embankments following our rivers rather than warehouses. But then, they start singing.

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