Kevin Rhodes (cormac) wrote,
Kevin Rhodes

Broadcasting live from Boston

An interesting day today. For some reason, I'd gotten it into my head that I was presenting tomorrow, and that I had all night tonight to work on paring down my 36 pages or so into a managable 11. I arrive in Boston at 6:15 AM local time, and wisely get on the subway to check in with the conference first. Upon looking through the program (426 pages, bound in paperback) I learn that in fact I'm not presenting tomorrow; I'm presenting at noon. I'd been flying or in airports for the past 18 hours, my powerpoint slides and paper were online and not on my laptop, and I had 4 hours to prepare and polish my first academic conference presentation. Needless to say, there was a bit of panic.

Fortunately, I was able to pull it off through acknowledging that the audience knew most of what I was saying, and that I could take it as read. It helped that one of the movies I was discussing had been discussed in detail the presentation before mine, so I could take that analysis as read. I got the paper down to 16 pages, and was able to complete my presentation within 20 minutes. Go me.

Unsurprisingly, the thing most people wanted to talk about for my presentation wasn't my brilliant analysis of the influence of both Conservative Christian and the emergant neo-Pagan cultures on each of the films in the presentation, but instead of the Barbie and Ken "Together Forever" Arthur and Guenivere dolls whose picture and description I used to open my presentation.

So that's over, and I can enjoy the rest of the conference in peace. I've already bought too many books (McFarlane Press had a 50% off sale), including "Mr. Sorkin goes to Washington," which looks like a fun analysis of The West Wing

Oh, and the Buttery, my crash space for my Boston trip? It's very Massachussetts. Seriously, I don't think Lovecraft could describe it any better. I'm currently writing from the guest room, on the top floor of the 3 story house, while the barren trees outside softly scratch at the skylight.

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