Tuesday April 22, 2014
With the passing of Gabriel García Márquez last Thursday, we have lost one of our greatest writers. I will be forever grateful for his dry humor and his distinctive combination of quotidian details with fantastical elements (a.k.a. magic realism). Though his writing often included biting political commentary, his work wasn't necessarily pessimistic. So this week, in honor of his memory, I'm taking a look at "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," one of his most optimistic, uplifting works. Image courtesy of Mark Rowland.
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.