Namie Amuro



At the first New Faculty Seminar of the year, a new, rather distinguished colleague from Comparative Literature recited and discussed a wonderful sixteenth-century Aztec poem on mutability while we ate masoor dal and samosas. Interestingly, he then contrasted it with a delightful Japanese pop song by Namie Amuro, "Want Me, Want Me." You can check out the video at We all studied the photocopied lyrics carefully while listening to the song on iPod loudspeakers. All the assembled professors were utterly po-faced as she sang in interwoven Japanese and English of her explicit desires. This is what we Harvard types quite rightly consider to be a working lunch.