RBOThank Goodness the Term is Over

All's quiet out there. It must be the end of the term. Things have wound down here, but I feel like I'm out of things to say at the moment. But the end of the term has largely been a good one. It's nice to have things wrapping up this positively. Some highlights:
  • the wind has died down here. it was already cold, but with winds well into the double-digits, every time I went outside it was like being knifed by God
  • found a cheap ticket home. I won't be there for Christmas, but at least I'll get there this year (well, technically next year, but you know what I mean)
  • my freshmen have ended strongly and favorably. I had some very good conversations with a few of them today, and it'll be nice to take that into the grading of finals.
  • sitting on the table is "Paris Je T'aime" and several episodes of "The Wire" - there's motivation to get things done
  • the book chapter (I think I mentioned way back working on it) is almost done. If only I had the style guidelines....
  • my Spurs are doing well even with Tim Duncan injured (I'll keep my fingers crossed for tonight's game against the Jazz).
  • it's almost time to curl up with good books for the holidays. One Christmas when I was stuck at school, I had all of my friends in the program pick one book that they felt made an impact on their lives, and I read them all over the break. I'm not that ambitious this time, but I'd love to hear those sort of accidental recommendations.
That's probably enough for now. Good luck in finals and job interviews and whatnot.

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Maude Lebowski said...

a nice, pretty quick read that i just fell in love with (so much so that at the last minute i revised a syllabus in a class so i could teach it) is spalding gray's _swimming to cambodia_. it is an amazing story by an amazing storyteller.

December 8, 2007 at 8:18 AM
amelie said...

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff is a brief but wonderful story that's told via personal correspondence between a writer and a bookseller.

December 8, 2007 at 4:34 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

I'll give 'em both a look shortly.

By way of returning the favor, I'll suggest "Arabian Nights and Days" by Naguib Mahfouz, which - to this day - has my favorite sentence ever in it (I won't tell you what it is, though, because I think that favorite sentence may be only meaningful because of the time it evokes).

December 10, 2007 at 5:04 PM