I’m in the throes of a stereotypical pre-tenure academic summer, writing very productively, but never productively enough, happy with my work, but worried it’s not good enough, watching my children grow up, and wishing I had more time to spend with them rather than writing, excited about the imminent beginning of classes, and dreading the end of my ‘free time’ for writing.
So, instead of thoughtful commentary, here are some of the things that have caught my eyes and ears on Cambodia today:
More laudatory stories about the new documentary Enemies of the People. Very excited to see it.
This story, from the Moth (a storytelling website), is by Andrew Solomon, and tells the story of a Khmer woman who created her own, apparently largely successful, path out of the crippling depression that was destroying the lives of the women around her after 1979 (end of Democratic Kampuchea, the state of the so-called Khmer Rouge). Step one: Forget. Step two: Work. Step three: perform manicures and pedicures. Seriously. I was prepared to scoff, but found this deeply powerful. Go ahead and give yourself 15 minutes to listen to the whole story. It came to my attention via Alison, of AlisoninCambodia, an excellent archaeological blog.
Andrew Solomon – Moth Podcast
Now, back to work.