Thursday, February 23, 2006

Here's a list of happy things:

Tomorrow it's supposed to be 60 degrees here in Lincoln.

C.S.P. sent me this great NPR story about evolving linguistics, which I plan to use tomorrow in my ENG 101 class - since it's "fun friday." I think my students will enjoy exploring the idea of slang.

My friend Classi B wrote me a much needed pick-me-up email.

My lovely Imaginary Friend in Vegas also wrote to cheer me up, a beautiful letter wherein she wrote, "You are a painitng of children and weddings and cats and love."

Phil and Kobe led the Lakers to a recent win over Portland.

My novel is shaping up nicely. (Thesis due next week!)

The American Book Review listed their picks for The 100 Best First Lines From Novels, and many of my favorites are represented:

#4 - Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. — Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)

#5 - Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. — Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)

#8 - It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. — George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

#94 - In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together. — Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)

Plus, here's more Fall 2006 artistry from the runways:

Cynthia Rowley

Karl Lagerfeld

Marc Jacobs