I'd imagine the East coast is still better for those kinds of PHDs. I had a friend who really dug USCD's writing program. Have lots of friends who use the UCLA's writing course as post-grad workshops, etc.
I was always intrigued by Iowa -- not the state, mind you, but the reputation of its writing school.
Yeah, well I'd either go east or stay in OC. I don't really have any desire to live elsewhere after living here.
Iowa also has Cornell College, where I'd love to go if they had a One Course at a Time graduate program. Imagine having to write your dissertation in three and a half weeks. I'll look into the state school there.
Yeah, I'm going to be a teacher. Of exactly what, I can't say. There are a lot of schools in Orange County where I am going to apply for high school English teaching, but I have no idea how successful I'll be. I wouldn't mind teaching at a Community College or a University, but those are cutthroat. I just want to discuss books and try and get kids to read instead of watching another movie or another tv show.
Edit: Also, Fathers and Sons was too boring. I've dropped it and wont be reading it. I have to find a new book to read now.
How is this? I finally just finished Pattern Recognition on my way to Philidelphia and enjoyed every minute so I want to give this one a shot although I still need to finish Neuromancer. Gibson definately has talent for creating interesting characters and situations.
Wrapped up Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides before classes started. In my neoclassical literature class we're studying some poetry by John Dryden and between textbooks I'm reading Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky.
I've been on a Classical kick, so up next is some Herotodus and Xenophon and if I feel a bit more like poetry, I'll be giving Catullus a go for some comedy, (though technically he's a dirty modern Roman).
currently reading jane austen's northanger abbey, finishing the wasp factory, and reading rebirth of the repressed which is about gothic fiction (ties into northanger abbey) and gun in cheek whcih is an examination of horrible mystery fiction
It's...okay. I think all of the pre-hype I went into this series with is likely hindering my enjoyment of it. I do think Pullman wastes a lot of words though. The middle section of The Golden Compass dragged for me, most of The Subtle Knife was pretty great, and I find myself semi-not caring what happens in this book. About 300 pages in. The theology and church story idea is the best part of this series, but I am finding issues with that part as well.
"Confusion of Feelings" by Stefan Zweig (original title "Verwirrung der Gefühle"). He was probably the most popular and successful author in the world in the early 1900s, but his books got banned as the nazi-party rose, and he lost his star-status since (in English-speaking countries, at least... he's still big in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe). He committed suicide in 1942 together with his wife because they despaired at the state of the world at the time. I haven't actually started on the book yet, but will do today. It's supposed to be the first novella to deal with homosexuality in a serious way, and was highly admired by people like Freud, Richard Strauss and Maxim Gorkij.