Monthly Archives: April 2013

It’s time to talk about April’s AP English Challenge: Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenin(a). Pre-reading thoughts by Jill

Anna Karenin(a) had been the summer reading book for AP English at SI since time immemorial, or at least since 1990, when June of 1993 rolled around and I finally got to read it.  AP English had been this dream … Continue reading

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A Review of John Updike’s The Centaur (by Bethany)

One might expect a novel like Updike’s The Centaur to be to a novelist what the Iran-Contra hearings were to Ronald Reagan: one last entertaining gasp of semi-lucidity in what will later be recognized as the early days of his … Continue reading

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In which Jill catches up on the AP English Challenge: final thoughts on Dickens’ Great Expectations

I broke with custom in my rereading of Great Expectations and didn’t do a pre-reading post.  Not because I didn’t want to.  I just started reading and forgot to stop and write something and all of a sudden I was … Continue reading

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On a day that looks more like February than April, I finally finish up February’s AP Challenge: final thoughts on King Lear (by Jill)

Shakespeare has never been an easy thing for me to write about, not ever.  I once fell asleep on my computer keyboard trying to write a paper about Shakespeare.  Or maybe that was Faulkner.  Let’s say it was Shakespeare.  It’s … Continue reading

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