Posts By: Jason Sullivan

Jason Sullivan

Even erudite flies get smashed now and then for sounding too ‘school smart’. As one of many AU students not immersed in an academic social sphere, Jason’s ‘Fly on the Wall’ column seeks to aid and abet the success of others in his cohort. We won’t always be understood when we speak of what we are learning in school but we can rest assured that our education still has value.

His lighthearted approach to sociological philosophy stems from conducting field research at bush parties and working his day job reforesting the mountains of BC. Born in the city of Vancouver and raised on a farm in the Fraser Valley and an orchard in the Okanagan, he attained a diploma in Horticulture in the Creston Valley and then returned to school as a Sociology major. Today’s he’s an AU Master’s of Integrated Studies student who spends his spare time enjoying nature walks, snorkeling and reading whatever philosophical and sociological tracts capture his fancy.

Jason is fascinated with the micro-sociological thoughts and interactions that frame and demarcate our experience of daily life as well as the philosophical realm considering essential questions about what it is to be a human. It’s dense brush but Jason seeks answers where murkiness holds sway.

A Few Theoretical Influences: Louis Althusser, Isaac Asimov, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Aime Cesaire, Carol Clover, John Cummings, Kurt Cobain, Jacques Derrida, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman, Antonio Gramsci, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Hobbes, Agnes Martin, Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Max Weber

Fly on the Wall—AU Genius on the Half-Shell

“You potted plant, don’t just sit there—get to work!” Try scrawling that on a post-it note to yourself.  Then, leave it on the desk for when your eyes drift away from your schoolwork.  I guarantee at least a couple chuckles before you get disgusted with your past self and/or my Fly on the Wall suggestion. … Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The I and the Me, AU Style

Any child can answer a simple closed question.  What do dogs do?  Bark.  What do bees do?  Sting.  Well, hopefully not, we say, and then we perhaps ponder the potential for a family viewing of a harrowing epic documentary about beekeepers in Macedonia.  It’s called Honeyland, and it depicts a family where members of all… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Hoi Polloi

Being a bit contrarian is in the nature of studying at AU—we’re unique attendees at a unique university.  Off-campus, as it were, oxymorons such as adult student pervade our cultural atmosphere.  We’ve aged out of youth but aren’t quite willing to be normal, hoi polloi, mass culture consumers of life as labouring for wages and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—The Greatest of Sneeze

A human sneeze can explode out from our humble maw at 200 miles an hour (Bardi, online).  So it’s no surprise that buffets from High River to Honolulu have for decades utilized ubiquitous sneezeguards as a relative failsafe against an impromptu achoo (Smith, online).  And just as hunger gnaws at the tummies of mammals worldwide,… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Bergson and Cato

We’ve all stepped in a puddle of spring rainwater.  It’s like a dark and stormy night, and “once upon a time” implies repetition of a series of attendant expectations.  An inadvertent puddle splash connotes an oopsie-doodle moment and then, insidiously and almost imperceptibly, water wicks its way up our pantleg inducing uncomfortable sensations as our… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Less Hokey-Pokey, More Hocquenghem!

“There is no subdivision of desire into homosexuality and heterosexuality”, claimed queer theorist Guy Hocquenghem (49).  By this view, gayness does not represent a repressed minority within the hegemonic pantheon of tough men with trucks and despicable “no fat chicks” bumper stickers because, ironically, desire itself is queer.  Everything else is, well, just an old… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Pride in the Fall

As a young party animal who moonlighted as an AU student the werewolf battle was real for a younger version of this Fly on the Wall.  Would I snarl and shred my way right out of my shot at a higher education degree?  Or would I find a better balance between madness and civilized discourse,… Read more »