Monthly Archives: February 2014

Thoughts on Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima

“Why did Ultima have to die?” my student moaned. The answer I gave was vague and cynical, something along the lines of “She’s old. What do you expect?” Teenagers are famous for feeling shocked and betrayed when literary characters die. … Continue reading

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True confessions Thursday: embarrassing but true facts about my reading life.

The idea for this post was born a few minutes ago when I was thinking that though I had a lovely day today, I never had a chance to pick up my book and read, and that, to me, is … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I am pleased to introduce the Storm Cloud Sweater (or the Thunderhead Sweater? I’m not sure yet). It’s the same as the Sunset Sweater – a basic child’s raglan rollneck  – but in a different color: gray mixed in with … Continue reading

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The book that is my Achilles heel: pre-reading thoughts on John Milton’s Paradise Lost

As Bethany mentioned a while back, Paradise Lost was assigned during “independent learning week” in AP English our senior year.  Fr. Murphy had to go out of town, something to do with him taking over as principal at another Jesuit … Continue reading

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Pre-Reading Notes on Anna Karenina (by Bethany)

I haven’t given up on Paradise Lost – really I haven’t. For the last several weeks I’ve been preparing for the workshop I took this week, and now I have a deadline this Friday. After that, though, I want to … Continue reading

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I just got home from the last day of my four-day writing workshop, and this time I don’t even have any bookstore photos or vague generalizations about my native city to share with you. I am spent – in a … Continue reading

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This is the end…of my posts about Kim Harrison’s Into the Woods

Yes, my friends, this will be my last post on Kim Harrison’s wonderful short story collection, Into the Woods.  I’m sad that it’s over but relieved to be moving on to something else.  I took a long time to finish … Continue reading

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