Sunday, September 12, 2010
Sundays are always a little wistful when you are a teacher. Next week is definitely going to be a marathon: progess grades are due on Tuesday, and Thursday night is open house. Better wear comfortable shoes that day! This morning the radio program To The Best of Our Knowledge had a very moving segment on David Foster Wallace, with interviews with the writer and those who knew him. The last interview was with the writer's sister, and her emotional recollections of her brother moved me to tears. David Foster Wallace struggled with depression for most of his life, and he took his own life in 2008. You can listen to a podcast of the segment here.http://www.wpr.org/book/100912B.CFM
In Love with a Machine
My Nook is really making me happy these days. I figured out how to move books from Adobe Digital Editions to my Nook! That might not mean much to you smarties who are good at technology, but I was proud of myself. So I successfully moved all of the digital ARCs from NetGalley to my Nook, and I am quite happily reading Cynthia Ozick's Foreign Bodies. I have also downloaded about a jillion free books from Barnes and Noble, including a zillion classics. Hurray for free e-books!
I seriously am going to post my review of Dracula in Love by Karen Essex. Tomorrow. And there is a giveaway! The reason it is taking me so long is this obsessive compulsive need to know everything, which led me to sit in Barnes and Noble reading The Annotated Dracula (gotta admit that was fun). I'm happy to report that Karen Essex did her research. More about that in my review.
A couple of kind people gave me awards recently, and this is just to say I appreciate it! And I will catch up with the passing on of said awards soon and very soon!
I noticed I have almost 200 Gentle Readers (I used to call them followers). Hey, bloggers, does this mean as much to you as it does to me? I try to keep my sanity about it, but I get really excited when someone becomes a gentle reader. And I get really depressed when I lose gentle readers! It makes me wonder what I did wrong! But people have all sorts of perfectly good reasons for becoming formerly gentle readers--but I always ask myself if my content is getting stale, or if I said something unintentionally offensive. Then I try to talk sense to myself, because I have a core of really friendly and intelligent folks who talk to me in the comments, and I talk back, and I think that is what it is all about--not about whether I have 194 or 195 gentle readers.
And what about you, Gentle Reader? Do you obsess about the number of followers you have? When someone dumps you, how long does it take you to get over it? Or were you so popular in high school that nothing like that bothers you?