Tuesday, March 10

Today is Tuesday, the first day of WEEK 8 of the class. Yes, this means the semester is one-half over! (In the Indian Epics class, you will see it is a review week before you start the Mahabharata in Week 9.) For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 9 and 10 are also available! If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Spring Break. Spring break is next week! That means the assignments for Week 8 are spread out. You have the usual Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday assignments this week, March 10-12. Then, the weekend assignments are not due until at the end of spring break, with the grace period on Monday after Spring Break, March 23. I won't be doing any Storybook grading over the Spring Break, so if you want to get ahead and receive comments back from me before the Spring Break begins, please get your early assignments turned in by this Friday, March 13 (yes, Friday the 13th!) at noon. If you can get a Storybook assignment turned in by Friday at noon, I will get comments back to you before Spring Break.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

March 10: Mikhail Bulgakov. Today, March 10, marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most extraordinarily talented writers of the 20th century, Mikhail Bulgakov. Bulgakov is best known for his novel The Master and Margarita - I won't even try to summarize the plot of this fabulous book (you can read a synopsis here at Wikipedia); I'll just mention that some of the characters include the Devil himself, a black cat named Behemoth, various and sundry witches, as well as Pontius Pilate and Jesus. Below you can see a statue of the cat Behemoth which adorns a wall in the city of Kiev, where Bulgakov was born.