So you’ve been thinking about a particular blob of paint on a particular little-known canvas, and you’ve hashed out your general argument and how it will progress, and now comes the part when you actually have to produce pages, and you really just aren’t feeling it.
Or, you’ve been writing ad infinitum and are reaching the point at which all of your sproutings have become a large and unwieldy hedge. You must trim, discarding intricate branches, twigs, twiglets that took you hours to write, and you really just aren’t feeling it.
You may be ready to be done, kids, but your thesis ain’t.
Here are some suggestions to get you moving before you bash your computer screen in with the weight of your boredest stare (alums who may be reading this post, or current MAPHers who’ve figured out techniques of your own, please add your wisdom!!):
MAPH alums (’04) Tom Bailey and Brendan Kredell have produced a documentary film–an idea they first started developing as CMS students here at the U of C–and it’s going to air on channel 11 this Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10:30pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at midnight. The documentary is titled No Halfsteppin’ and is a portrait of Sharkula, an intermittently homeless aspiring rapper, who ekes out a living by selling his CDs on the streets and in the trains of Chicago.
Check out the full article on the afterMAPH blog!
It may be that time, dears. That tasty dish from the Snail that you buy at Cobb has lost its charm; you’ve eaten altogether too many pieces of pizza from Hutch Commons; you just want to grab a bite but the U of C’s only decent array of fare-purveyors are melting into mediocrity, as far as your stomach is concerned. The thrill is gone, baby.
On the Great Lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion, nestled between the lake and the Loop, you can strike up a downward facing dog and breathe deep. Wait. Working out in the park? Oh yes. Millennium Park sponsors free yoga sessions at 8:00 each Saturday morning, followed up by a pilates session at 9:00– each workout lasts 45 minutes and you’ve got that huge futuristic metal thing to look at and fresh air to fill your lungs.
If 8 or 9 is way too early, you could join in on the hip hop workout at 10, led by the Culture Shock Dance Troupe.
When you’re done you can ramble around the gardens & check out your sweaty reflection on the underside of the Bean–or even get soaked in the collosal sculptures that screen close-up shots of people’s faces and double as water-gushing fountains.
Check out Millennium Park’s website and the complete listing of Saturday morning workouts here: http://www.millenniumpark.org/parkevents/fitness.aspx
MAPH 2007-2008 is in the thick of Colloquium– name tags are being worn; hands are being shaken; and names are being said, repeated, forgotten. Since MAPH is an intensive one-year program, it’s in your best interest to put your heads together with all of the other interesting, inquisitive, intelligent people in your year in order to get acclimated to all the U of C– and the city of Chicago more generally– have to offer you.
That’s sort of what we’re hoping Getting your MAPH on will accomplish– this is a forum where we on the MAPH staff (mostly your friendly mentors, Linda, Alex, & Margaret) will do our best to give you our inside information about practical matters (where’s the best place to find vegan cream cheese?), give you heads up about goings-on around campus and around Chicago, and post info on other kinds of things like conferences, job opportunities, volunteering, art shows, ETC.
We hope you’ll contribute, too! Just shoot us an email– you can write something short or something long: op-ed pieces, something funny (or insightful) a professor said, pictures, poems, the recipe for your mom’s meatloaf… You can also use the blog to coordinate social events: put up a post to find people to go to a show at the Empty Bottle with, watch the game with, check out a certain neighborhood, a reading, whatever. (Go to the “Contribute!” page for some more guidelines.)
You’re getting your first MAPH writing assignments on now, oh joy. The party’s only just starting.