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30 May 2007
I'm Not Dead Yet!
Long time, no write.

There's no point in recapping the nigh-year I've been silent, and so I shan't. Suffice it to say, it was a veritable drain on time and energy, and this here blog does not come close to matching the importance of other things in life.

That said, a couple of necessary highlights:

1. Heroes. This shows rocks in every way. It comes close to toppling Firefly as best show ever. Very close.

2. Harry Dresden. A little over a year ago,
Happy Catholic recommended Jim Butcher's series of books starring wizard/ detective Harry Dresden to me. Managed to pick up the first one earlier this year, and kashi and I have been zipping through the lot ever since. Wonderful reads--fun, and quick. Highly recommended. The recent Sci-Fi Channel series based on it does not do the books justice at all. Thanks, Julie!

3. POTC III. Seen it twice already. Lots of critical foofaraw, but what do critics know? It's got love, sacrifice, the best film wedding ever, and Davy Jones. What more could you possibly want in a film? Also, the soundtrack pretty much rocks.

Looking ahead, I'll likely bandy about some thoughts this summer, but I think the blog's going to be more a sounding board for random ideas and reflections than anything particularly serious. Frankly, just don't feel like putting in the time. Still, I'm not wholly ready to give up Jelly-Pinched Theatre just yet.

As to the teaching, next year's looking mighty interesting. I'm getting a Junior AP class to teach (and my syllabus just got approved by the College Board, so all's ready for that), an American Film class, which oughta be fun, and best of all, I'm teaching a Horror Lit class of my own design. Should allow me to further develop my theories, do some research I've been needing to do, and really just chat about horror once a day--how cool is that? There'll be a lot of shorter works involved, too, but the major readings are as follows:

Carmilla, by J. Sheridan LeFanu
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by R.L. Stevenson
Psycho, by Robert Bloch
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

I'm terribly excited about it.

Well, I reckon that's all for now. If anyone's still listening, here I am. If not, at least I'm content in my own thoughts.
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