05 June, 2010

Graduate School

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting again, but summer session for Graduate school has begun!  My first class is on post-apocolypse literature and it's a bit depressing.  The first novel I have to read is called Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban.  It is a very odd book and is completely written in phonetic Kent dialect.  I've only been able to get through 2 of the 17 chapters so far and I have to finish the novel by Monday night.  This is the first time I've really ever been worried about passing an English class.  I've never encountered a book like this before and, quite frankly, I'm intimidated by the posts I've been reading from my classmates on the online Blackboard system.  A few of them are PhD./DA students and far better read than I will ever be.  For the first time in a long time, I'm at a loss and a disadvantage in a college class.  I was able to find a way to catch up in the past, but this book has really put a blockade in front of me.  So, while I try to understand this book, my posts may be very short or just full of Fur Babies.  I don't want to leave my readers without pictures of Frankie and Marty!


Avie said...

Sounds really interesting - not one I've read either. I know how intimidating it can be to be on a course with people who seem much more confident - but then I remember that confidence is usually insecurity in disguise. People who shout the loudest about their achievements are to be taken with a pinch of salt. I think I've learned more from teaching others than any 'qualification' I have been given. I hope you get lots out of the course. Blessings.

Wendy said...

Love the new look of your blog. Really clean and beautiful. Hang in there with grad. school. If I survived anyone can. I just watched the most interesting and scarily realistic post-apocolayptic (I know I didn't spell that right, too early in the morning) with Viggo Mortensen called "The Road", check it out for a break, even if it is heavy from reading.

Willow said...

Thanks Wendy and Avie!

The Road is actually one of the three choices for the next book in this class! I tried reading it when it first came out, but it was far too dark for me.

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