"A caterpillar is letting itself down on a thread, twirling slowly like a rope artist, spiralling towards his chest. It’s 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
Every moment we have together is unique, and I hope to make each as special as possible :) We will explore some of my passions (post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature, mythology, personal narratives, research, anti-heroes, and so on) and some of yours.
Some of the longer works 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 works 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.
"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -- Kurt Vonnegut