the woman with the ramones t-shirt

Earlier in the morning the professor for the class on Marx’s ideas asked us to say our name, what year we are in, what we want to get out of taking this course. When it was my turn I explained that I was looking at music and power and he became animated, went off on a tangent regarding how a socialist school could teach art.
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He’s taught this class for 20 years and yet he was just on vacation in Switzerland and had a book about Marx’s life with him which he couldn’t wait to return to each night before going to bed. More exciting than the alps. He’s teaching people something he knows and loves, up and down and sideways, he’s living the dream. I envy him. Would love to teach a course on the White Album or Court and Spark or Songs In The Key Of Life. Many musicians would understand this. To gab about a favourite period of a certain artist you feel suitably studied about and walk people through it’s greatness, design ways to share these values and intricacies to benefit new listeners.
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Later I asked the woman sitting next to me on the subway about whether or not she recommended her phone. Because I hate my phone which has been crashing when I’m in a pinch and need it. She explained the cost of the phone, and which mall she bought it from, and how much she pays each month which somehow led to telling me that she is a chef in two restaurants and that she is originally from Jamaica. Couldn’t help asking her next a bunch of cook questions about scotch bonnets, ackee and what is her favourite rice (par boiled). But one thing intrigued me more, does the Ramones t-shirt under her blue jean jacket mean she is a Ramones fan?
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Since I had just left a long discussion on dialectical materialism which I concluded is much simpler to understand than the title, I felt like challenging my own habits like talking to strangers. Decided to abstain from asking any more questions, especially the one that really intrigued me. Instead wanted to question my questioning which seemed more in keeping from what my new Marxist professor would find the more important question. I lost and it blurted out, pointing at her shirt I asked are you a big fan? She looked momentarily at her top and said she didn’t know what it was. I said they are a band that’s very famous from the punk rock world of the 70s and 80s. She shrugged like she wasn’t guilty of anything.
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In my other new class we are discussing participatory research and the problem with people who don’t participate. I wanted to speak up but I didn’t know how to say what I thought or how to defend it because if people don’t answer in a way that furthers one’s supposition it still is the actual way that they did participate. Did the woman in the Ramones t-shirt not participate by shrugging? I think the question should be framed differently. Wondering if this line of thought will make me a Marxist or just positions me further to discuss what Revolution #9 and Ob-la-di ob-la-da have in common.

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