* I've chosen my text assignments for the Fall 2013 semester. For my online graduate course "Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination" for the Mythgard Institute, here is the list.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Edited and with an Introduction by Matthew Pearl
Modern Library, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-0679643425
NOTE: This edition is required. The appendix will be an assigned reading.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Edited by Steve Farmer
Broadview Press, 1999, ISBN-13: 978-1551112435
NOTE: This edition is strongly recommended.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 and 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle
Edited by Kyle Freeman
Barnes and Noble Classics, 2003
ISBN-13: 9781593080341 (Volume 1) and ISBN-13: 9781593080402 (Volume 2)
Sherlock: Season One (2010) DVD
BBC Home Entertainment
For my undergraduate/graduate cross-listed course "U.S. Exceptionalism: The American and the Frontier" for the Lenoir-Rhyne University, here is the list.
Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional?
Richard W. Etulain, editor
Bedford/St. Martin's (1999)
A Texas Cowboy: or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony
by Charles Siringo
Penguin Books, reissue edition (1998)
The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
HarperCollins, reissue edition (1997)
NOTE: Extremely important to get this version.
The Time It Never Rained
by Elmer Kelton
Forge Books (2008)
Gods of Gotham
by Lyndsay Faye
Berkley Trade (2013)
* A news story very much worth a listen/read: "Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl." "This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families. When producer Tim Howard first read about this case, it struck him as a sad but seemingly straightforward custody dispute. But, as he started talking to lawyers and historians and the families involved in the case, it became clear that it was much more than that. Because Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl challenges parts of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, this case puts one little girl at the center of a storm of legal intricacies, Native American tribal culture, and heart-wrenching personal stakes." Read/hear more here. (Thanks to agentxpndble.)
* The Force is strong with the Navajo! "Translated Into Navajo, 'Star Wars' Will Be". (Thanks to agentxpndble.)
* Speaking of Star Wars, Luke Burrage of The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast has made his own edit of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Here's the tagline: "No illogical dialogue. No annoying voices. No racist accents. All the best visuals. All the best music. An all new script.” Check out Star Wars, Episode I: The Silent Menace.
* On July 19, Midnight Syndicate will release its sixteenth studio album, Monsters of Legend. This "tribute to the golden age of horror" will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. "We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films - that you've entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner," said composer Edward Douglas. Check out more information here.
* A national conference on Whedonesque scholarship, Joss in June, is coming up on June 28. I'll be presenting a paper on Firefly/Serenity, and I hope to see some of you there!
* More than half of the tickets for SofaCON: An Online International Science Fiction Convention have sold. Be sure to get your tickets now before they're gone!
I hope you have a terrific day, my friends.
“I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane