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July 29, 2003

When you bossa nova

The Sister of a Flea had comp tickets to last night's Roxy Music reunion performance so off we went. Flea-readers may not be astonished to learn of my teenage interest in goth music and fashion. Bryan Ferry, while not a goth per se, was more than angsty enough to provide... well, inspiration is not the right word... so call it a template.


Fashion-wise, Bryan Ferry and his mummified lounge-lizard legion did not disappoint. The suits reminded me why I suffer the slings and arrows of collegial ridicule as I insist on lecturing in a jacket and tie. Half my students are combined business majors. They are used to their professors' more formal dress and what I think of as an expression of seriousness and respect. In my undergraduate days, I had an anthropology professor who would occasionally lecture in a simple academic robe. Some of my peers thought this was pompous but to me it suggested I might be participating in a tradition which was worth the time and effort.

And then... Yes, that "per se" was for you, Rue!

And then... I knew I forgot something. I meant to point to this discussion of decidely non-angst fashion at Enter Stage Right. Too late to work it in with a clever aside now!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 29, 2003 11:23 AM


I haven't had anyone lecture to me in a jacket and tie since High School; it's gratifying to know that sort of thing hasn't died out entirely...

On another note, there's a Sister of a Flea as well?

Posted by: Paul Jané at July 30, 2003 12:46 AM

The robe is sexy.
80's Goth Garb is sexy.
Roxy Music is sexy.

Posted by: Rue at July 30, 2003 11:09 AM

Yes, the Flea has a sister. Also, a nuclear family and a variety of cousins!

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 30, 2003 12:40 PM

Tsk, the Family of a Flea is quite a horn o' plenty, I see...

Posted by: Paul Jané at July 30, 2003 03:20 PM