Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

I've enjoyed reading Christine's thoughts over at Bookishly Boisterous each week,and while I don't think I'm nearly as funny or interesting, I'm going to give it a go!

1. Why don't "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" take the child with them? That was the question most of my students had when they wrote about whether or not they would be among those who walked away. Most of them felt it wasn't enough just to walk away, they had to take the kid too. I did have a few brave students who admitted they probably wouldn't walk away, and I had to give them props for their thought process. I wonder what my students would think of Peter Singer's dilemma.

2. I'm finally finishing up the Malloreon. I just finished Sorceress of Darshiva and I'm about to begin Seeress of Kell. I really enjoy the depths of Eddings' fantasy world and the comfort of his archetypal characters and straightforward Hero's Journey plot. However, ever since I noticed that Ce'Nedra, wife of protagonist Garion, is treated somewhat humorously as a "hysterical woman" stereotype, my enjoyment of the series has been seriously dampened.

3. I'm not sure what the weather has against Monday/Wednesday classes. Both my MW class meetings were canceled this week, while my TR classes have had comparatively beautiful weather. On Wednesday, I spent a good several minutes attacking the sheets of ice on my car.

4. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is going to be a play, and I am going to see it. Thank you Washington Post and Publick Playhouse.

5. During my commute, I am listening to the final Cousin's War book, The White Princess. My first thought was that I was unhappy it was the same narrator as for The Red Queen, because I can't imagine pious Margaret Tudor and youthful Elizabeth of York having similar voices. But I am quite liking it so far.

1 comment:

Christine said...

Thanks for the kind words and for participating! Come back next week!

That's awesome about number 4. I wish there was more of a theater community where I live.