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I have finally gotten ahold of a copy of C.S. Lewis' Til We Have Faces!

I'd been meaning to try reading something by Amy Tan for ages, so on the way to and from the conference I read The Hundred Secret Senses. That was fascinating, so I've also checked out Saving Fish from Drowning.

I re-read Murder Must Advertise, and I'm sure I'll continue to re-read the other Lord Peter Wimsey books over the summer as I can get them from the library. I love Dorothy Sayers' observations and opinions on human nature that she weaves into the narrative. In a similar vein, I've also checked out more of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster books for re-reading. Bertie makes such a hilarious narrator.

All of this fiction is, of course, to make up for the fact that I don't get to sit down and read FOR FUN during the year. This summer I am taking that independent study on bibles moralisées, so I've also been reading the usual serious and technical stuff. Dr. G wants me to compile a bibliography and come up with some possible thesis statements for my dissertation, so I'm trying to decide how much I need to be reading (and annotating) and how much I can just put on the "to read" list. So far I do think it will be a good topic, but I need to do much more research before I can figure out how I'll want to address it.

Any suggestions for further summer reading?
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It's close to the end of term, and so everyone in my department is getting close to having breakdowns, because we're all giving presentations and scrambling to write our papers. (I have presentations this Wednesday, next Monday, and the Thursday after that, and my papers are due April 19, 21, and 27).

Anyway, the point is that no one's really thinking too clearly right now.

So I came home after class and was talking to my flatmate about papers and presentations, and the fact that she decided to go grocery shopping and clean her room today.

Then I went to the kitchen to see what I could make for dinner.

me: UUUMMMMMMMMM! Is this library book supposed to be in the refrigerator? It's by Augustine, if that makes any difference!

I heard a "thunk" and looked around the corner to where my flatmate, N, was hitting her head against the wall.

me: I take it that's a "no." Here's the book.
N: I spent forty minutes looking for that book!
me: It was on top of your box of celery. You must have put it away with the groceries.
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My friend Beth talked me into going to the midnight Harry Potter premiere last night, so that was fun. She went by the theater around 8pm to pick up our (pre-bought) tickets, in case of crowds later.

Beth (on the phone): I'm at the mall getting our tickets. Just so you know. There are already a bunch of people here wandering around in graduation robes with sticks. It's awesome. Also, they said that all 12 showings are sold out.

So we went over early, anticipating costumed crowds and excitement. Instead, there were lots of happy, mostly early-twenties-aged people in street clothes wandering about, and no lines. Of course, neither of us dressed up, so we shouldn't really complain, but still! (We had a camera and everything!) However, the film was a lot of fun, and there were a few really good costumed movie-goers, and now I've been to a film premiere. (And then I slept in on purpose and went to work late, which is fine because they don't care when I show up).
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I just dropped off my last paper and project, so I am completely done with school for the year!
Except for distilling a conference paper proposal out of my thesis. But that doesn't count.

My family is coming to see me graduate this Friday, and then we're going to the beach for a few days! (proving that there are benefits to going to school in the south).

I have a summer job lined up doing data entry type work that begins after my family leaves and runs til mid-July. Happily we will be allowed to bring music to listen to while entering the data.

SO, I am suddenly faced with the prospect of free time, which leads to this question:

WHAT SHOULD I READ THIS SUMMER?

any suggestions?
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Wouldn't that be so much fun? I was wondering if they were offered anywhere. If I were an English professor, I'd offer one. I just started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan books, and am being very amused. But think: you could read the Tarzan books, Mark Twain, the books about Alan Quartermain (King Solomon's Mines, which I have yet to read), Dracula, Alexandre Dumas, The Prisoner of Zenda, I would have to read Three Men in a Boat, to Say Nothing of the Dog, maybe some Charles Dickens... I know there are more out there that I'm not thinking of right now. So much melodramatic fun to be had!

I was explaining this idea to my mother and brother, and as a result, here is my example of a Dumas passage:
"and then they ran to the inn, and then D'Artagnan swung through the window while Porthos knocked down the door and Aramis quoted the Bible while swashbuckling with the Cardinal Richlieu whose troops were trying to catch Athos and then...!"

I need unlimited access to books.

mood: Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting swashbuckling. and literary.
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to Rob and Audrey on their engagement yesterday! I love weddings! And engagement parties! The secret invitation to the party was pretty amusing -- the main points were that: if you wanted to get into the party at the Davis', you had to press the doorbell buzzer with their name on it, although if you wanted to meet a stranger, you could press any of the other buzzers. There was also the threat that if you came in a t-shirt, no one would speak to you.

It snowed today! It didn't stick inside the Prague, of course, but apparently it did in the surrounding countryside.

What is it with fathers in British children's literature? They seem to be obsessed with accounting. In Mary Poppins, Mr. Banks tells Mrs. Banks that they can either afford a nice house, or four children. Happily for the children, she chooses to keep Jane, Michael and the twins. In Peter Pan, Mr. Darling goes over the expenses each time a new child arrives, and while Wendy and John make it, Michael barely gets to stay. Shocking!

I really need to stop assuming that what I know is common knowledge -- swashbuckling and the fact that the Grimm brothers collected German fairy tales are apparently not the widespread facts that I thought the were. Although today I did get a really good definition of swashbuckling -- when asked, Carrie immediately started swordfighting in the lobby of the movie theater, hurrah!

Another of my odd dreams for the record: I got to fly again (hurrah!) and in the meantime, there were a lot of Star Wars characters running around a little town in Germany. I have no idea how they got there.

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