Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Current Reading

Just finished reading Ben Okri's The Famished Road...what an amazing piece of literature it is. It's imaginative, fantastical, metaphorical and can best be described as 'an excursion from Western reality and an immersion in the magical and wondorous world of African folktales and belief that reality is only part of what we experience on a daily basis.' It would be an amazing book to teach high schoolers (preferably seniors, and preferably in an advanced class given the highly metaphorical materials and 500+ page length), I could think of dozens of assignments, essays, journal entries and questions for this book, many of which I thought of while reading. It was great.

Still reading McCullough's John Adams, A Ship Made of Paper, and Lives on the Boundary. Afterward, returning to read Dispatches from the Edge, Anderson Cooper's memoir.

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