Elizabeth Taylor’s Dress

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  1. oreneta says:

    Hi Jim, nice haircut! As for ET, what do you think about her in Cleopatra? Jocelyn, this should be a fun semester, do you have a curriculum from previous years so you know what to read up on or are you coming up with that as well????

    Good luck, should be exciting.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    Hey, Oroneta–

    I have no curriculum for this new class…no previous years of teaching it to draw from (this has never phased me in the past, but something about this particular material has got me thinking, “How WILL we fill the class periods?”).

    In comparison, I’m positively looking foward to the dry work required in my Research Writing sections.

    That’s a sad, sad day.

  3. liv says:

    Wow. This was a great day to make a first visit to the land of Crisis (es?)! Loved Jim’s post and can’t wait to read part deux.

  4. Claire says:

    Well good luck with that Jocelyn. I’m sure you will know how to make it interesting!
    Liz Taylor had a timeless beauty and those eyes! They are a most unusual shade. The camera loved her.

  5. susan says:

    Ugh…I never got into poetry. Maybe I should see if it’s any better to me in my um…mature state. 🙂

    Jim, nice to “meet” you. I can’t wait to find out what happened.

  6. Glamourpuss says:

    Yes, I only recently ‘got’ ET. Does that make me a friend of Dorothy, too?

    J – good luck with the course.


  7. Franki says:


    Lovely to meet you. I would still be interested in reading about the gay community’s ties to ET…and Liza, and Dorothy, and Barbara. I’ve always been curious.


    I was getting ready to send you a photo of myself, but I don’t think so! 😉

  8. chelle says:

    Good luck with your class prep, I am so excited that my husband has arrived at his own craziness and scrambling to prepare for his first semester teaching!

    I fell hard for Marylin Monroe at one point then I witnessed Elizabeth … truly amazing.

  9. Her Grace says:

    Welcome, Jim! Can’t wait to read more.

    Jocelyn…good luck!

  10. Karen MEG says:

    Good luck with the new course, Jocelyn. I’m sure you’ll be fab. Now hit the books!

    And hello Jim! I can easily understand the fascination with ET. And she was breathtakingly gorgeous when she was young. Breathtaking. Nice haircut, BTW.

  11. lime says:

    as an antidote to the poets you are not so fond of may i prescribe regular doses of dorothy parker and ogden nash?

    nice to meet you jim. i think you should forgive jocelyn the posting of your picture but she still ought to provide you with a martini for your services.

  12. jen says:

    jim’s cute. and you. look how smart you are – i’d never be able to pull something like that off and yet in weeks, you will. you are.

    you smarty, you.

  13. Claudia says:

    When I was born, (1970, though you can’t tell anyone or I might be forced to get Ninja on someone) my mother claims I had blue/violet eyes ‘Like Elizabeth Taylor’. Hand to God, she tells this story to ANYONE who will listen. So you can imagine, anytime I saw ET I would run to the TV screen, press my face against it and try to see what she meant. The fact that I have green eyes, aside. 😉

    They don’t make DIVAs like they used, that’s all I have to say.

  14. August says:

    I salute you for taking on the Victorians and Romantic Poets. Maybe now they’ll find some tiny place in your heart. Maybe not, but hell, you gave it a whirl. Unfortunately it is because of this period that most people hate poetry.

    I’m a lifetime fan of Maggie the Cat. I once wore a slip-dress an entire summer as a silent homage. Only gay men got the message.

    P.S. Jim’s a cutie.


  15. furiousBall says:

    Liz Taylor in her prime… there was no prettier woman (well except my daughter, but that’s not fair).

  16. Em says:

    Wow, that’s the class that almost made me change my minor from English to Roller Skating. Or anything! Best of luck!!

  17. CS says:

    Oh man, you gave us a guest blogger who wrote a cliff-hanger! And now I will have to wait to find out why Elizabteh Taylor didn’t kiss him!

    By the way, when I was a senior in HS we had to read Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and I have to say it was the only time in my life when I felt suicidal.

  18. ana says:

    Nice haircut. and a great post, waiting for part two.

  19. Dorky Dad says:

    Buh. I have so little knowledge of poetry I can’t even cobble together a good, sarcastic comment.

    As for ET … did Michael Jackson show up at the show? And was this Tom guy short? With a fake girlfriend? Sputtering on about Dianetics?

  20. choochoo says:

    I used to wanna be Elizabeth Taylor when I was a kid. I’m very grateful to my mum for not letting me out of the house with my eyebrows painted black…

  21. Dave says:

    Now that’s what a call DEDICATED!!! LOL A guest blogger … That’s a first for me. Classy and professional I might add. 😉

    Your experience reminds me of when I started teaching grade 11 advanced math … At that time I couldn’t even remember grade 9 general math! Finally got the hang of it and pulled it off just in time for Semester one to start. You can do it Jocelyn! 🙂

  22. Mary says:

    Jim: You look adorable! And now I have a new blog to envy.

  23. Voyager says:

    18th century to the present? Ambitious or crazy? Either way, you rock!

  24. Diana says:

    ET was breathtaking, was she not?

    Skinner has always been hot.

    Looks like we agree at least two important things. Terribly nice to meet you.

    (J- very good luck and WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING–ruining your break like that. You are the one who needs a martini. That and a lobotomy–can’t hurt, might help.)

  25. My Reflecting Pool says:

    Hi Jim! I have always adored ET too. My fave was her in Butterfield 8.

    I barely eked out of the poetry section in Eng 102. I couldn’t tell you a pentameter from a hairdryer. I’m glad you can make rhyme to reason, I couldn’t.

  26. Shari says:

    Joceyln-I am sure you will figure out something to add to the cirriculum for your new class. Maybe a skit? Make the class write poems or a short story with a theme from those days.

    Jim-Nice debut. ET. I had to re-read your post. I thought ET came out in 1982-2 years older than your mom?-oh, Liz T. Okay. Got it. She’s got violet eyes.

    That must have been fun to see her LIVE in action. Cool.

  27. charlotta-love says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words on my post. Now that the first day is over, I feel MUCH better about this whole “going back to school” bit. My professor didn’t seem so nervous. Hopefully your first day goes just as well. :o)

  28. Diesel says:

    I’m completely tonedeaf when it comes to poetry. Liz Taylor was a babe back in the day.

    That’s as close as I can come to an insightful comment right now.

  29. actonbell says:

    1. That’s a very nice picture, Jim!
    2. How nice of you to do guest-writing service for a friend. You sound like a great guy.
    3. Jocelyn, I kinda envy your studying. I wish I’d majored in English. Of course, not having a precedent, or template for a curriculum, is stressful, but somehow,I know you’ll be great.
    4. I never noticed that her initials were ET, LOL! I loved Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

  30. Claudia says:

    You know, can I add that I feel a little LITTLE bit bad for Britney? 🙁

  31. Princess Pointful says:

    Oooohhhh… a cliffhanger.
    (I’ll wait a few minutes before scrolling up to get the full suspense effect)

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