Thursday, September 18

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore or World Lit, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday. (Indian Epics has no Wednesday assignments, so there is no Thursday morning grace period.)

Writing Center. As you start working on your Storybook Introduction this week, and for all your future Storybook assignments, you are expected to turn in a formal piece of writing, with correct English usage, spelling, and punctuation. If you would like some extra help with that, make a visit to the Writing Center in Bizzell Library where you can get free assistance. Whether you need a refresher course on English punctuation or some help in learning how to proofread your own work, the Writing Center is the place to go! For hours and services, visit the Writing Center website. You can even schedule an appointment online!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment over the weekend, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it (contents of the stack). If you want comments back from me on an assignment before the weekend, make sure to get it turned in by Friday at noon at the latest.

Friday event: Patricia Grace, Maori writer. Tomorrow, Friday, September 19, at 11 AM, there will be a public lecture by Patricia Grace, a Maori writer from New Zealand and winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The event will take place in Meacham Auditorium. Get there early for performances by Joy Harjo and the Gary White Deer Stomp Dancers starting at 10 AM. For more information about events in honor of Patricia Grace, visit the World Literature Today website or the article in Thursday's edition of the OU Daily.

September 18: Witkacy. Today, September 18, marks the date on which the Polish artist and writer, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz ("Witkacy"), committed suicide, following the Soviet invasion of Poland. For those of you who are anthropology majors, you might recognize the name of one of Witkacy's closest friends and colleagues, Bronisław Malinowski. Witkacy's life was marked by brilliant achievements in both his painting and in his writing, as well as by tragedy and absurdity, all of which you can read about in this Wikipedia article. The image below is a self-portrait which Witkacy painted on August 11, about one month before his death.