Tuesday April 15, 2014
It's almost Easter ... time for a sweet, gentle, generous bunny to deliver candy, right? Unless that bunny is Brer Rabbit, in which case he's more likely to pilfer your jellybeans than to bring you chocolate. But at least he'll keep you laughing! Image courtesy of Somewhere in the world today ...
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Spring is upon us and, as we all know, April showers bring ... final papers. So if you find yourself wondering how you'll ever produce all those pages, take a look at "4 Tips for Using Textual Evidence" and "5 Reasons to State the Obvious in School Papers." Happy writing! Image courtesy of Blake Burkhart.
Wednesday April 2, 2014
The title of Ray Bradbury's apocalyptic short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" is taken from a poem by Sara Teasdale. (Remarkably, Teasdale's poem makes even the annihilation of the human race seem like a pretty peaceful prospect compared with Bradbury's vision.) Bradbury sets his story in the distant future, so older printings of the story set it in 1985, while later printings set it in 2026 or even 2057. What do you think about these date changes? Do they mean the story isn't relevant? Or that it always will be? Image courtesy of the U.S. Government.
Sunday March 23, 2014
We've all been there: when you know something's wrong, but everybody tells you you're imagining things. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" describes this situation more vividly than any other story I can think of. So vividly, in fact, that I know several people who use "yellow-wallpaper" as a verb. As in, "They tried to yellow-wallpaper him," or, "She filed a complaint, but she just got yellow-wallpapered." Getting yellow-wallpapered still feels rotten, but at least having a word for it makes you feel a little less crazy. Image courtesy of Patricia Hammell Kashtock.