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My undergraduate/graduate cross-listed seminar on "U.S. Exceptionalism: The American and the Frontier" begins today at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and my graduate course on "Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination" begins next Tuesday (August 27), so I'm a bit snowed under at present, but I will catch up with comments I owe shortly.

I wanted to pause for a couple of quick notes that might be of interest...

* Rob Goodman has a very perceptive meditation on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre in today's Chronicle of Higher Education (which should be available for free for the next day to non-subscribers): "The Comforts of the Apocalypse." I'd say he should have listed H.P. Lovecraft first among Orwell and Stapledon as creating a Copernican kind of cosmic outlook (Lovecraft was the pioneer, after all), but otherwise I think Goodman has some terrific - and exceptionally helpful - insights here.

* Just in time for the 125th anniversary of the Autumn of Terror, there are two new items fresh on the market:
-- 1. Letters from Whitechapel Board Game, a game of intrigue and deduction for two to six players, based on the true story of the hunt for the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper. (Thanks to sittingduck1313!)
-- 2. Tales of Jack the Ripper, a collection edited by Ross E. Lockhart. You can read my review here.

* I'm delighted that students have asked me to give a talk at Vanderbilt University, where I earned my M.A. and Ph.D., so I'll be there for a "Science Fiction and Liberty" lecture and quick visit in October.

Virginia sends her best to everyone! Here she is on our morning walk, just as the sun was rising (hence the darkness).

Virginia on her morning walk


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Aug. 20th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Nice picture! Hello, Virginia! :-)
Aug. 20th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Virginia wags her nubby tail in your direction! :D
Aug. 20th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Speaking of dystopian, there's another Kickstarter RPG setting which could some eleventh hour pledges. It's called Ronin: Chrome & Shadows and it's an interesting little cyberpunk/post-apocalypse setting which could use a little more love.

Aug. 20th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thanks for the heads up!
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Can anyone go to your "Science Fiction and Liberty" lecture?
Aug. 20th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking! You must register here (bottom of page) to attend, but everyone's welcome, and registration is free. I'm just one speaker of several who will be taking part in the event (I believe I'm scheduled for 11:30am-12:30pm), and there will be food (hence the registration - the organizers need an idea of how many attendees to expect).
Aug. 20th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
I was really taken by your review of the Jack the Ripper book (I get emails from Goodreads,) and have already added it to my list of books to buy.

And what a unique picture of Virginia. It looks as if she's off on some sort of adventure.
Aug. 29th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope you enjoy the Jack the Ripper collection, too!

And what a unique picture of Virginia. It looks as if she's off on some sort of adventure.

Thanks! It struck me as sort of a hobbit-y perspective. There and back again, a Boston terrier's tale. Ha!
Aug. 29th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Elizabeth Campbell
Yay! We have Letters from Whitechapel, it's a beautifully printed game and lots of fun!
Aug. 29th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Elizabeth Campbell
Oh, how very cool! That's great to hear.
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