The last two weeks of the fiction class I’m teaching are essentially solid workshop. We’ve had a few breaks to discuss general questions about writing and one very good discussion about “Hills Like White Elephants” (including a bit of a digression re: absinthe, the legality and appeal thereof), but it’s almost all student fiction at this point. We have one week left and they’re going strong; I’m really pleased.
It’s strange to feel September coming and not be preparing to teach or take classes. I do have a couple of interviews in the works, so expect more Alcestis-related posts here soon. And, of course, I have links:
- An interview with Jeffrey Kurland, the costume designer for Inception.
- A promo site for Inception with a mock-up manual for the PASIV device used to sedate dreamers.
- One of the most bizarre things I’ve read in a while: an account of the oral history and mythology of South African prison gangs.
- A new book on surprising Greek and Roman cultural practices, including Alexander the Great’s request to be embalmed in honey after death.
- A historical mystery about the disappearance of Joseph Force Crater, a New York State Supreme Court judge, in 1930.