Random Randomness

If I insult you, then have to explain the insult to you, does it still count as an insult?

Mark Tyree has written an amazing review of Little Graveyard on the Prairie. However, it isn’t public yet, so I can’t point you to it. It’ll be at Horror World next month, though. He compares my little book to the works of Gary Braunbeck and John Little, though.

Work on all fiction has ground to a halt. Again. Too many student essays to read. Why, why, why can’t they understand they have to cite sources, use quotes and do a bibliography in a research essay? Hello. Research? Now I have a box of contest entries to read, too. Oh, I’ll make time for the writing again next week.

I’ve been dragging my English IV class (the same that attempted the essays) through Macbeth for the past week or so. I hate Shakespeare. Oh, I could read some of his plays on my own, but teaching his plays to inner city kids is a nightmare. When those kids are seniors in their last semester of high school … it’s even worse. Getting them to focus on anything school related is almost impossible. Maybe it’d be better if I wasn’t so apathetic about it, but … sheesh, I just don’t like Shakespeare. We’re getting him out of the way early so we can spend several weeks on Old English and Norse mythology.

I have discovered that I love audio books. I’m doing a unit I call Boom and Bust in my AP classes. They’re reading The Great Gatsby and will follow that up with The Grapes of Wrath. Because I’m also reading Grendel, I went and got the audio book of Gatsby. It was hard at first because I kept wanting to look at the page and follow along, but eventually I really got into it. I didn’t even like Gatsby when I read it in high school, but I loved it this time. Now I’m listening to Grapes and it’s so nice to be able to go around doing various things and have the book poured into my mind. And this one … one of my absolute favorite books (a fact that surprises many, considering its socialist message). I suspect I’ll be visiting the library’s audio book section a lot, as there are a lot of classics I’ve been wanting to read and never found the time for.

After six days, you’d think I’d have more to say. But … I guess not.

6 responses to “Random Randomness”

  1. Aren’t books on tape edited down quite a bit normally? Just curious. I didn’t like Gatsby, but audio I might try to give it another chance.

    1. Books on what? Honey, join the 21st century. hehe
      Often they are abridged, but I make sure I find the unabridged. The Grapes of Wrath is 21 hours long. You should read Gatsby again. I really think having some years behind me helped.

      1. I’m old, I’m tired, and I’m insane. Don’t pick on me for the book on tape shit, you know what I meant.
        And I know you own just as much vinyl as we do. šŸ˜›
        We’ll see, I have to find uh… what’s it called? Oh…
        TIME TO READ first. šŸ˜‰ I’ll get back to you in a few years.

  2. omg omg omg you hate shakespeare? how? wha–? how is this possible?? Shakespeare is a forefather of horror!

    1. He’s just so boring!!! The stories are fine, but you have to wade through so much archaic nonsense that you forget what’s actually going on. I just want it to end. Two more acts. Two more acts.

      1. lol….one yr, I taught my kids using the prose “translation” first, then we read it through in the Shakespearean English…made a huge difference. Some school districts don’t allow that though. Othello is a fabulous story, and they were sooo into it as it was all “Jungle fever” then [early 90s] so there was an absolute shock and surprise when they discovered Othello was a black moor and Desdemona was white.

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