By 9:00 a.m. on the day of our meeting, send your requests for
the advising session. Acceptable requests include:
A. Could we discuss the attached piece, especially in terms of
form/sonority/political implications/sentence construction/etc.?
B. I’d like to talk about this author or artist or movie you
recommended or that I asked you at a previous date to look at.
C. I would like to do some exercises to generate some new work.
D. I am worried about some aspect of my creative or academic
life and would like suggestions and reassurance.
E. I would like to skip the meeting because large, dramatic
conditions (projectile vomiting, coma) make it impossible for me
F. I would like to skip the meeting because I am busy and have
nothing to say. (You get one of these.)
G. I have no idea what I would like to do and will rely on your
experienced and excellent judgement.
If I see no email from you, I will assume the request is G and
plan the session accordingly.
Unacceptable requests include: “Can I bring the work with me,”
or “Can I email it later this morning?” –Unless you’re running
into the problem of not being able to email large sound or image
I don’t usually carry a cell phone, and since I’m in meetings
most of the afternoon, checking my email is a problem as well.
If you have a last minute emergency, please call the office and
ask them to give me the message directly or put it on my door.
The sessions are officially forty-five minutes, but I’ll give
you the full hour if I can. Do let me know if you’re coming from
work or another class and need to start a few minutes late.
If you think you might need a recommendation someday, keep a
file of the work you’ve shown me, and keep in mind that things
like promptness and notice of cancellations are as important as
the quality of your work.