Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me mail! I’ve received some wonderful holiday cards, and even some packages. Keep ’em coming! (Hint, hint.) If you write to me I promise to write you back. You can find my address under the “contact info” tab at the top of the page.
It seems that the world’s weather has gone insane. Huge floods in Australia and Buenos Aires, snow in 49/50 U.S. states… And here, in Ukraine, it’s been above freezing for almost a week, with warm temperatures (35F+) predicted through the weekend. Maybe the world really will end in December 2012…?
I just finished reading Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Published in 1920 (won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize) but set in 1870s New York City. A fascinating and detailed look at NYC society’s rules — spoken and unspoken — and what happens when a “foreigner” appears and disrupts or disregards some of those rules. I could say a lot more about it, but I’ll spare you my literary analysis — email me if you want to chat about it. Now I’m returning to my British literature roots — and possible first authorial love — with Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby. I’ve never read it, but I vividly remember spending a week or two in 8th grade English class watching the 5-hour+ BBC miniseries of it (thank you, Mrs. Willard!).
I’m sure some of you followed last week’s debate about the new, censored version of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn that was just published. I was incensed about it, and wrote my own response — with support from various New York Times articles — that I posted in a note on Facebook (unfortunately you have to have a Facebook account to read it, but if you don’t and you’d like me to email it to you I’d be more than happy).
Lastly, I’d like to plug a new website “committed to an earnest, expansive, and rigorous discussion of literature and literary culture.” It’s called Full Stop and it was started by none other than a group of Oberlin grads! (My good friend Amanda also happens to be the Associate Editor.) Articles, interviews, and more are appearing every day, written by even more Oberlin grads. I hope you check it out, because I sure love it.