Wednesday, November 19

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook stack. There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment on Sunday or earlier, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in on Monday or Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If the points you will be getting for the Storybook assignment(s) you have turned in will give you the points you need for your final grade in the class, let me know and I'll check on the points total for you! Please check last week's announcements for the option of skipping the Week 12/13 Storybook assignments if you do not need the points, and moving straight on to Week 14 instead.

Week 13: Thanksgiving. (repeat announcement) You are now in Week 13 of the class, and reading and blogging assignments due this week. The Week 13 Responding assignment will become available on Friday, November 21, as usual - but nothing is due until after Thanksgiving. YOU WILL HAVE ONE WEEK OFF: There are no assignments due between Friday November 21 until after Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day is November 27). Of course, you may want to choose to complete all the Week 13 assignments this coming weekend - it's up to you. The grace period for turning in your Week 13 assignments will be Monday, December 1, until noon. Then, Week 14 will start up on Tuesday, December 2. I am guessing that many of you will probably already be done with the class by the time Thanksgiving break arrives!

November 19: Jami. Today, November 19, marks the death of the great Persian poet, Jami, in the year 1492. Many consider Jami to have been the last of the Sufi master poets in a centuries-long tradition that includes another famous Persian poet, Rumi. One of Jami's greatest works was a novel-in-verse about Yusuf and Zulaikha, that is, about Joseph and Potiphar's wife, who goes by the name of Zulaikha in the Islamic tradition. You can read more about Jami in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image from an illustrated manuscript of one of his mystical works, The Rose Garden: