Saturday, January 29, 2005

In my room...

When I was looking at these pictures of artists studios today, I started thinking that you can tell a lot about a person from seeing where they live. Well, I’m not posting any pictures of my house on here, but I thought you guys might be interested in what’s in MY bedroom. Okay, first, an overview: it’s very small, with a bunk built into an alcove. I sleep on the bunk, a black stepladder serves as my way to get up and as a nightstand with this lamp (but in black), my alarm clock, my retainer (ugh! But at least it’s only at night and at least I don’t have braces anymore), my Moleskine, this pen, one of those foot-high wooden jointed model people, my iPod, and a stack of books. Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, Ray Loriga’s Tokyo Doesn’t Love Us Anymore (I think I may have read about that in Wired a while ago, Hi Steve!), Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems, The Complete Annotated Milton, Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground (which I’m on hiatus from, but eh), and Pride & Prejudice.

On the walls: a big print of this Gauguin painting (he’s my favorite artist) from when I went to the incredible Gauguin exhibit at the MFA about six months ago; this charcoal picture I made of my dog when I was in sixth grade and haven’t had the heart to throw away (see below), because I’m a pack-rat; a framed papyrus painting from when my parents were in Egypt long ago; a copy of this “Irony Is Not Dead” needlepoint that I copied and made for myself while watching that 6-hour long A&E Colin-Firth-version-of-P&P; various pictures and oddments tacked up on corkboard (see the very bottom of this post); and these math sculptures (the top link) that I photocopied from the NY Times magazine a couple months ago. My dresser and my desk are under the bunk, but the desk is covered in papers and notebooks and I hardly ever use it nowadays because my mom DOES NOT HEAT the upstairs during the winter. It’s ridiculously cold.

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My charcoal picture of Boo-Boo (don't laugh--we didn't name her)

Ah, then there’s my fold-out easel (with painting-in-progress), a TV-table covered in paints and a Ricotta-container of water and brushes (see below), a space heater, my mismatched curtains, a little loveseat covered in clothes, and a coffee-table covered in books and papers and boxes and my 12” iBook. In my closet is a bookshelf, on top of which I have a CD player and in which I have many books, a few DVD’s, and some of my CD’s. Clothes also fit in there.

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My painting work-station

So there you have it. Probably just about what you expected, eh?

Today’s a busy day for me. My dad’s in New Jersey visiting my grandfather, but I made my mom and sister breakfast in bed today. Read the paper. I have to do some vacuuming and other chores, then I’ll be volunteering at the hospital from 1-5. Then I’ll be whisked off out to dinner for my grandmother’s birthday. Last night I saw Finding Neverland, and I liked it, but I’ll expound upon it in a little more detail later.

Oh, and a horrible 1984-ish comment I said yesterday during History class (we’re doing WWII): “Who needs population control when you’ve got war!” I got some horrified looks, and I felt like (but restrained myself from) yelling, “It’s satire! Satire!”

In the words of so many angsty xanga-ing teens, Nobody Gets Me. Hah. Have a good weekend.

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The great corkboard chronicles, part one...

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...and part two


Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh. I do have pictures of my room online. They were taken in may, but everything looks moderatly the same...*looks at em* no, i take that back. My room is cleaner now. The vairous computers and boxes are gone, and my scanner is on the dresser now, close and connected to my computer. Maybe one day I'll take some more pics... Probably once I get my pb, I'll take pics with it in the room.. yeah.. yeah!
-desk003 (cameron conner)

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh hey, just wondering, for no aparrent reason, what are the specs on your ibook?

-desk003 (cameron conner)

3:01 PM  
Blogger T.C. said...

Wow, you drink a lot of soda! That's probably as much soda as I've drunk in my whole life. Ay caramba. Anyway, my iBook. It's my baby and I love it, because I've written so much on it over the past few years. But it's old--I got it two or three summers ago, and it's scratched and smudged and other nonsense. It's 700 MHz, G3, 20 GB (almost all filled up with music by now). So yeah, my brother's iPod has as much space as my whole computer. Yikes.

Exciting about your laptop-to-be, eh? They are amazing--do you have an iPod?


11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, old. Hah, yeah, i probably have 4 cans of pop or more a day. I shall die young, however, happy. :-P. Very very excited to get my powerbook. Yeah I have an ipod, you should know that by now. 3gen 20gig. almost full too.

-desk003 (cameron conner)

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is totally off the subject, so I apologize, but I promised that I'd get you a list of potential colleges to look at. And it's been a while, so I apologize again. And I mentioned these to Shakeer about two days ago after doing the research last week (again, I'm sorry for the delay,) so if he already posted them for some reason, I apologize again. And I could apologize yet again for being so busy this week that I've neglected to read this blog as meticulously as I'd like to so that I would have known whether Shakeer had posted about colleges... but that would be all too many apologies, and I already have quite a few. And I could apologize yet one more time for the verbosity of this excuse, but, anyway, here are the colleges:

*Note, this is only a beginning*

Vassar College - It's in Poughkeepsie, NY which is not so hot, but it has a beautiful campus and is two hours from NYC, home of the world's best music and art (okay, that's controversial, but you know what I mean.) It also has (so I've read) one of the nation's best art history programs, and English is one of their most popular majors. It is a small, liberal arts college, but on the bigger side of those, and every person I've met who goes to Vassar is so interesting that he or she can count for two uninteresting people at some other school. Creative writing is also very big at this school, and whether you plan to major in it or not, you certainly have a talent for it, T. C.. Something else that I think is absolutely marvelous is that Vassar's English department puts on their own plays, in addition to the Experimental Theatre's productions (which is what the Vassar Theatre department calls itself - how splendid is that?); I don't know whether you're into theatre or not, but that got me very excited, at least.

Oberlin College - A little bit farther away from home, which I know was something you were looking for. Oberlin is known for their Art History and Creative Writing programs - both in the top ten in the country (or so I read.) One of the best things about Oberlin is that you can rent artwork for your dorm. Like, you could rent a Monet or a Picasso or something for the year, at a VERY reasonable price. Besides just being cool, I think this is good evidence that this institution has its priorities in the right place. Also, their music conservatory is among the best, so if you ever want to hear good music, it's readily available.

Williams College - Okay, these descriptions are getting too long, so I'll be more concise - you can look up the rest, if you're interested. And for all I know, you might already know all this stuff! Williams is an exceptional LAC (liberal arts college) with a strong English department, and its Art History is also among the best. Close to home, though.

Yale - Known for its art and its history, so I read. Art History? I can only assume... Great school, though. My mom worked there for a while, and from talking to her and to students I noticed the phrase, "work hard, play harder" came up a lot.

John Hopkins - has highly acclaimed programs in Writing, International Studies (just a hunch that you might be interested in that, too,) and Art History.

Bryn Mawr - An all-girls school. I don't know your position on those. It's supposed to have really good Art History, though, and it has a great English department.

Boston University - I had a friend who went here for Art History and LOVED it. Close to home... but wonderful scholarships! Check out the Uni Prof program. If you want a bigger school and you want scholarship money, you really should check this out.

Brown University - When I visited Brown, I was truly struck by the passion and creativity of the student body. I also noticed that these kids had their priorities straight. They had lives and friends as well as heavy books, strained eyes, and little sleep. And there was absolutely no parallelism in that sentence. Sorry! I'm tired. Also, Brown cross registers with RISD - The Rhode Island School of Design - which is awesome.

Kenyon - It's small, but it's farther from home, and is supposed to be really good in both art and design (I don't know about art history) and English.

NYU, Columbia, and Barnard are all great in art history - particularly because of their access to the NYC art museums. Columbia has a core class in Art History, as well (I don't know if you're familiar with Columbia, but they have a number of requirements which compile what they call the Core.) You might also really enjoy Columbia's core classes in English - Shakespeare, Homer, Milton - all the dead-white-guys. All the dead-white-guys that I ADORE! Barnard is great, because you can take the Core classes you want, but not the ones you don't. And there's no swim test. Also, more individual attention at Barnard.

University of Chicago - I didn't see this on any list of best schools in Art History, but Shakeer and I both had this gut instinct that you would thrive at this school. It's got a really exciting core curriculum, the best quality of academics around, a great art museum right near by, and its farther from home. It's just a really great school. All the great things about the ivies with none of the pretentious junk. Again, this one is not based on research, so don't hold me to it. It's just a gut.

Other schools listed as having great art programs that went through my ooh-I-liked-their-English-program-filter (English I already knew about, but Art History programs required me to do a bit of research):

Carnegie Mellon University
University of Cincinnati
U of Michigan
U Penn
Washington University, St. Louis - incredible scholarships!
Bard College
Smith -again, an all-girls school
Boston College

So that's the preliminary list. Let me know what you think. If you have any questions, just tell me. Good luck/ Break a leg with all this!

- Avital

2:45 AM  
Blogger Shakeer said...

That's Avital for you.

Anyway, very cool room. I was actually thinking of doing this a while ago but I would've just been lazy and taken photographs. Unfortunately, my digital camera broke.

3:21 AM  
Blogger T.C. said...

Avital, you are an incredible person. I cannot believe you did all that for me, but I really am very honored and grateful. The only thing is, I think your expectations for me might be a bit high!--I'm a smart kid, but I really don't think I'd get into the likes of Yale or Vassar. My school is VERY competitive, and you don't know how many kids (not myself, though) take 8 classes, many of them AP, and do sports and student government and volunteering and theater and speech and debate. I cannot compete with that.

However, a lot of those schools looked really interesting (I'd heard of them all, but I know very little about which programs different colleges are strong in) and I especially appreciate you doing all that Art History research for me. I feel like I ought to do something for YOU! (Speaking of Art History, I'm so geeky that I'm reading HW Jenson's The History of Art, my mom's old textbook from college. I started at Prehistoric art and just plowing through--I can't believe I'm reading a textbook for fun, but it's incredible.)

Hm, but I ramble. I shall certainly look into those schools you mentioned, and I'm visiting New York in a couple weeks (to see the Christo exhibit, primarily) so I'll try to schedule some visits to the colleges in the area.

Once again, thank you so much! You're like a personal college advisor. Some day I will repay you...


11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T.C., (my, it's strange to address you like that!) it's true that I do not know what your grades are, and I understand that a lot of kids that go to your school are very smart and do very well, but I am being completely honest when I say you're a very special person. It takes a pretty exceptional writer and a pretty interesting person to compell me to read a blog of some person I'd never met, when I already do homework until 3 AM. You're that exceptional writer and that interesting person. You take initiative in your studies (and I'm not talking about stupid in-class assignments,) you are passionate, you're creative, and you're remarkably articulate. You are definitely more than qualified to get into those schools. They would be blessed to have you. If you want, you can email me your scores, and we could talk about those more specifically, but look - they don't want a whole class of 4.0, 1600s. They want creative individuals who will contribute to their learning communities. And that's you. Maybe it's Yale, maybe it's Vassar, or Kenyon, or U of Chicago. But you will definitely get in to one of the schools on that list, if you want to. I promise.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I just realized that I forgot to sign my name! I'm not very awake at 8 AM, when I posted last. Anyway, the last comment was mine.

- Avital

1:56 PM  
Blogger T.C. said...

I figured it was you--I'm pretty good at discerning people's voices (even in writing), and besides, who else but Avital would post such a long, encouraging, college-oriented comment? You are really incredibly sweet.

Hm, in terms of grades, I do get A's but it's sort of against my principles to participate in certain activities just so it'll look good on my application; for instance, I could probably do pretty well on the Art History or Writing AP if I took them at the end of this year, but I feel like, Who am I trying to impress? The reason I read voraciously is not to "study" for the Literature AP, so why waste $80? This is probably just me being stubborn and self-righteous, so feel free to ignore it. But that's why I might not look so impressive on paper as some other people I know. Eh.

--T.C. (gosh, I should just tell you guys my name. Even I feel weird calling myself T.C. Maybe soon.)

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T.C., or whatever your name is - I think I'm going to choose a different one each time.
So I will begin again.
Miss Theresa Colwell, I completely understand your philosophy of not reading to "study," etc.
But I would advise you to take the English Lit A.P.
Now I abhor standardized testing, but this test has value beyond trying to best other students and get into your college of choice. This test will allow you to skip out of courses you don't wish to take in college, and jump right in to the good stuff. It may seem tedious and expensive now, but it will be infinitely more tedious and more expensive later. A semester of one college course is approximately 4000 dollars or something (I am NOT a math person, and right now I'm not even trying.) Anyway, it's a lot more than $82. Or $84. Or whatever it is now. You know, that's the price of an American Girl Doll! Or at least it was when I was little. But I digress. Also, you really shouldn't have to do very much studying. I don't know what AP classes are like at your school - I find them more worth my while than regular classes, because I'm not as bored. Same amount of time, different quality of learning. But that's your decision. What classes are you thinking about taking next year? And I'm a little confused... if you're interested in Art History, wouldn't you want to take the class? I'm sure you have good reasoning, I'm just too dense to follow. Sorry!

- Avital

5:06 PM  
Blogger T.C. said...

Oh, sorry for the confusion. We have an Art History class but I already took it when I was a sophomore--it was only a semester and it wasn't an AP class. What I MEANT was that if I took the test itself--since I read a fair amount about Art History on my own--I would probably do alright.

And in terms of English Lit AP, I suppose I might take it, but how on earth do you prepare for something like that? I mean, what if there are questions on books I haven't read? Is there a syllabus with which you're supposed to prepare? Oh, I hope I'm not just being more confusing. Did Shakeer give you my AIM name? He gave me yours (I hope that's okay), so maybe sometime soon we'll chat. If that's weird or bothersome, just let me know--I won't be offended. Anyway, I must go.

--T.C. (you were fairly close in your last guess, actually!)

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tara Christensen, I actually told Shakeer to give you my screen name. I would be more than happy to speak with you. (I call im-ing speaking. Weird, I know. But I hear everyone's voices speak when I read them, so it's like your speaking. And that probably just sounded like I'm psycho... which I'm not. At least in that sense. Okay, this tangent needs to stop.) We can chat about the lit test then. In truth, you DON'T really need to prepare for it. I took it last year with about one day of studying, before having taken AP English. Truly, You'll be fine. I don't need to tell you this, but you want to rule the test, not let the test rule you. That means
A. Take it - so it won't keep you from getting into the schools you want to get into.
B. Don't stress about it or give it an unhealthy amount of studying time. At least that's my opinion. I want to learn to LEARN, not to take tests!
But enough about tests. They're depressing. Ick.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I forgot to sign my name again. This is getting to be a bad habit.
I apologize.

- Avital

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