I apologize in advance for being quiet for the next little while. The summer course I am teaching begins this week ("100 Years of Literature on Single-Sex Worlds"), and my parents are also coming from Oklahoma to spend a week with us, so I'm going to be especially busy! I do plan to try to keep up with everyone, but I may not be posting much for the next few days.
Here's a link that may be of interest from The New Yorker: "Fresh Hell: What's Behind the Boom in Dystopian Fiction for Young Readers?"
I'll leave you with a poll. I'm a huge fan of Arthurian literature and the art inspired by it, and I recently revisited the first Arthurian film I ever saw, Camelot. (I was a very small child, and my parents took me to an outdoor showing one evening on the grounds of Gilcrease Museum. It was a magical night! I still remember my chills at the haunting opening strains of "Guenevere, Guenevere/In that dim, mournful year/ Saw the men she held most dear/Go to war for Guenevere.") This film has had quite an impact on me over the years, even if the T.H. White novels that inspired it made far less of an impression. As more of a Thomas Malory kind of gal, I later was deeply influenced also by Excalibur, especially Nigel Terry's Arthur. And, of course, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is in a league all of its own.
My trip down memory lane has inspired me to ask you, my friends, about your favorite Arthurian films. I'm very interested in your answers. Thanks for participating!
What is your favorite film about King Arthur?
"I have often thought that in the hereafter of our lives, when I owe no more to the future and can be just a man, that we may meet, and you will come to me and claim me as yours, and know that I am your husband. It is a dream I have..."
- Arthur, Excalibur