May 30th, 2012

SF/Weird Tales

News of a Wednesday Nature

Happy Wednesday!

* One of my wonderful graduate students is a new blogger at The Hog's Head, and her first post is terrific: "The Hunger Games: How Glorious Fall the Valiant (‘Careers’ as Spartan Warriors)".

* The latest of my short films for the Institute for Humane Studies is now up on YouTube. I think there's only one more left to be released. Here are links to the series thus far (each short film stands alone):
* The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong
* Protest Against the Trail of Tears
* Forgotten Rebellion: Black Seminoles and the Largest Slave Revolt in U.S. History
* The Expulsion of the Acadians
* Andrew Jackson: The First Imperial President

* I'm really intrigued by the idea of The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers (and his related new novel, Hide Me Among The Graves), but every review I've read suggests he gives Mary Shelley short shrift, which would be an agony to me. (How could one focus on Byron, Shelley, and Polidori without Mary, too? Surely that should be the whole point?) Perhaps it's best if I pass for now. Woe.

In other news... enrollment is now open for "Hogwarts 101: Exploring Harry Potter, Years 1-3" for the newly-created Mythgard Academy.

The Academy is an online, intensive, three-week literature and writing program designed for rising high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students in Academy courses will engage in live, interactive classes with college professors (such as yours truly), delving into the works of fantasy that they love and respect most. The Academy provides all students with personal writing instructors who will hold individual tutorial sessions every week to discuss students’ writing. The Academy also will offer something unique: an optional on-campus experience at Washington College during Mythgard Academy Summer Camp.

You can read more about my Harry Potter course here.
This semester's experience with my graduate Harry Potter class has been exceptional, and I'm delighted to be working with the Mythgard Institute again!

"Hark!" yelled Holmes, a smile on his face. "The sound of random variables."
- Sherlock Holmes announcing the arrival of the Baker Street Irregulars in Byron Tetrick's "The Future Engine," Sherlock Holmes in Orbit