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A lot has been going on here, but pretty much everything pales beside the specter of the Western North Carolina wildfires. What's happening to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wildlife there is absolutely tragic, and the heroism of the men and women fighting the flames cannot be overstated. We're currently in what's been classified as a Red Zone for "unhealthy" air quality due to the smoke and ash.

In happier news...

- I was interviewed for this article by Tiffany Gee Lewis of The Deseret News: The Cultural Impacts of Harry Potter on the Next Generation."

- My latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, which focuses on the work of Sheri S. Tepper, is up on the new episode of StarShipSofa here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

- Here are a few Calls for Papers that may be of interest.
--- Medicine and Mystery: The Dark Side of Science in Victorian Fiction
--- Serenity: Essays on Joss Whedon’s "Big Damn Movie"
--- At the Mercy of Monsters: Essays on the Rise of Supernatural Procedural Dramas

Lastly, on my trip to speak in D.C. a couple of weeks ago, I stopped off at one of my favorite places in the world, The Poe Museum. Here's Poe in the Poe Shrine, with the morning's pennies left by visitors.


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Nov. 16th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
Poe Museum
Ah, how we love the Poe Museum. :)
Nov. 16th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
Good stuff! We have air quality warnings here as well. Firefighters are brave people!
Nov. 16th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
Btw, you might mention the passings of Leon Russell and Gwen Ifill. :(
Nov. 18th, 2016 09:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, good point!!! MORE sadness! :( R.I.P. *hugs*
Nov. 16th, 2016 07:57 pm (UTC)
news is just so very area-centric.....I had noooo idea about the fires in your area. I'm so sorry. What a sadness, what has been done to our good earth ....and now we are reaping what was sown.....

on a positive and lovely note, how many wonderful things you are up to of late. Congratulations!

Will definitely share your news on my f/b page
Nov. 18th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you on all counts! *hugs*

The fires are heartbreaking. There's a $10K reward for those responsible. It's hard to believe that people did this, but the authorities are saying these blazes appear to be manmade.
Nov. 18th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder how they would feel if someone burnt their home to the ground. On purpose.

They are just FyreDrake Lectors......
Nov. 18th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*
Nov. 16th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
I hope that you and yours can stay safe, and that the environmental damage can be limited.

A few years ago, we visited a temple of Mithras near Hadrian's Wall. Previous visitors had left monetary offerings. We had no idea his cult was still active!
Nov. 16th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
That Harry Potter article made me feel so old! It reminded me of an experience I had this week. I smiled the other day when, as I was leaving, the dad of the 3 year old I watch said to him, "Do you know who Harry Potter is? I'll have to tell you about him."

A new generation, indeed!
Nov. 17th, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)

Something which might be of interest. A while back, I started following this series of shorts called Miss Bernard Said. This summary I came across describes it quite pithily. I'm also betting you've had students like this.

The premise is that Miss Bernard wants to appear well-read to her fellow library friends, but she doesn't actually have the patience to read any of the long-winded classics she wants to brag about, so she just sort of guesses what the books are about, and her friends either roll their eyes or get nerdily indignant about her terrible improvised cliff's notes, and we all maybe learn a little about literature (or don't).

Nov. 17th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
Will definitely download that ep. of the Sofa to my iPod & listen pronto! Sheri S. Tepper is SO missed . . . . Thank you for featuring her work.
Nov. 18th, 2016 02:28 am (UTC)
I hope you stay safe from the fires! I was chatting with my sister this weekend and apparently you could smell the wildfire smoke at her house in GA (on the northeast border of South Carolina). :(
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