What Happened to September?

Aren’t we supposed to ease into the semester?

Or, if the semester begins in complete insanity, aren’t we supposed to reach a point at which it levels off?

How can one begin with madness, and then proceed to grow even more insane?

(Yes, no content here. Sorry. I hope to have the time and space to put a thought together tomorrow, though I promise nothing for its coherence.)


  1. O yes there is content here.

    September and the experience of its swift passage (it is after all a day shorter than August and July who each have 31 days plus in the Northern Hemisphere daylight hours grow fewer after the autumnal equinox) have reminded me of the poet of mutability Edmund Spenser and the Spheherdes Calender. A nice edition exists online and is available from Richard Bear’s Renascence site.


    Where the tale is told of the wise and Argus-eyed sheppard Roffy who defeats a preying wolf that dons sheeps clothing.

    October has more days. Spenser devotes that eclogue to characterizing the “diuine instinct and vnnatural rage” of poetry. More madness yet to come!

  2. Francois, you always manage to make me feel better, and smarter. Thanks for the Spenser link; I can now feel appropriately literary about my mid-fall madness!

  3. KF, your lack of faith in our bots is troubling. As a company dedicated to bringing high-value-added service-messaging services to consumers, through innovative “viral” marketing strategies, we’ve trained all of our bots to respond in an personal, individualized manner to all of the exciting blog-content which they explore in the course of their work.

    When bot FYP99836y097097-GGGGG3 (around the office, he goes by “Neil”) visited your webpage and made a supportive remark, he was just expressing our company’s core value #12: Be A Positive Presence. It’s not very complicated: people are talking about September, and Neil thinks “Hey, I like September.” And there’s that comment box.

    And so Neil paused in his busy day to share. That’s just part of why we value Neil and the various subroutines that make him who he is — he’s not shy about jumping in and contributing, even when the conversation gets pretty lofty, as it does around here sometimes!

    I hope that in the future, you’ll save your sardonic comebacks for someone who deserves them — and think twice about a bot like Neil, who spiders the Web, 24/7/365, just trying, in his own small way, to make a difference.

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