"A caterpillar is letting itself down on a thread, twirling slowly like a rope artist, spiralling towards his chest. Itís a luscious, unreal green, like a gumdrop, and covered with tiny bright hairs. Watching it, he feels a sudden, inexplicable surge of tenderness and joy. Unique, he thinks. There will never be another caterpillar just like this one. There will never be another such moment of time, another such conjunction." -- Snowman, Oryx and Crake
Some of the novels taught in my classes include: Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, George Stewart's Earth Abides, HG Wells' The Time Machine, JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, William Golding's The Lord of the Flies, Sophocles' Antigone, Albert Camus' The Stranger & The Misunderstanding, and many other works. Some short stories taught include: Isacc Asimov's "Nightfall," Arthur C. Clarke's "The Star," Pamela Zoline's "The heat death of the Universe," HG Wells' "The Star," JD Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Patricia Highsmith's collection of short stories, "Noah's Flood," and a growing menu of other short works. Students and parents, go to your class calendar for handouts, resources, fun stuff, and due dates.