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Into the New Semester! Links Salad

The new semester begins today! Apologies for my recent silence, but I've been busy getting prepared for the new term. I'm teaching both undergraduate and graduate versions of "Native American Experience in the U.S. Context" for Lenoir-Rhyne University and the graduate course "The Gothic Tradition" for Mythgard Institute.

In other news...

* In the next couple of months I'll have the privilege of interviewing two distinguished and celebrated authors whose works I regularly teach. I'll be interviewing David Brin virtually for StarShipSofa's Sofanauts, and I'll be interviewing Sherman Alexie in person as part of Lenoir-Rhyne's Visiting Writers Series. My students this semester will be reading Alexie's brilliant, U.S. National Book Award winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, so I'm delighted that they'll have a chance to see Alexie on campus.

* Here's a Call for Papers that may be of interest: The Inklings and King Arthur.

* Fans of the late (and great) Lewis Collins will want to see this moving message from his family.

* Interesting! "Four Changes to English So Subtle We Hardly Notice They're Happening." (Thanks to James!)

* I've updated the list of my personal appearances this year.

* Sherlock! As much as I enjoyed "The Empty Hearse" and "The Sign of Three" -- and I really did! -- "His Last Vow" blew them both away. Well played, Moftiss. Well played indeed.

Javier Fernandez Auditor - Series TV - Una nueva promo de la tercera temporada de Sherlock

I'll leave this on a January-esque note...

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing dear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.

- Emily Brontë, "Spellbound"


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 13th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
His Last Vow
I just watched His Last Vow this morning, and I agree, it was an AMAZING episode. Perhaps one of the best Sherlock eps ever...I think it was even better than the previous two series finales, and that's saying a lot. The tie-ins to the canon, the twists and turns in the plot, and just the sheer quality of the writing combined to make for a top-notch viewing experience. So good.
Jan. 17th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: His Last Vow
I agree wholeheartedly with everything you've said here. So good!!!
Jan. 13th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I can't wait until we can watch the new season. Thank you for sharing the pic and the poem.
Jan. 17th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Not long now... I hope you enjoy it, too!
Jan. 14th, 2014 04:55 am (UTC)
We so needed the previous episodes though. I'm not sure i could have coped if that had been the first episode! I enjoyed all three, the first one possibly the least, but it was still wonderful and then the second and third just lead into each other so cleverly.
Jan. 17th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
You're exactly right. I agree with all you've said here. It's almost like this was one episode in three separate movements. They fit together so well!
Jan. 14th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'll slop a portion of some Cthulhu Helper on your link salad. This time it's Science Fiction RPG flavor.

Jan. 17th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
You had me at "The mi-go crashed in Roswell in 1947." Awesome!!!
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