Tuesday, March 24

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9 of the class. For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 10 and 11 are also available! If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. Please check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. Some people turned in assignments over Spring Break, and others turned in assignments over the weekend or on Monday. It will take me a while to work through the stack, so take a look at the contents of the stack now just to make sure I received your assignment. If your name should be there but is not, let me know - a lot of email came in over Spring Break, so please take a minute to help me make sure that the contents of the stack are complete.

Week 9 Internet assignment. The Week 9 Internet assignment is available now! This is basically like the Week 8 assignment - two assigned, one free choice, and there needs to be at least one new story at the Storybook which you have not read yet - but here is something NEW. If you want, you can pick your free choice from one of the other classes. So, if you are curious about what the Storybooks are like in the other classes, you can use this assignment to take a look and see if there is a Storybook in one of the other classes that grabs your attention. Since we are using just the one Ning for all three classes, you can leave comments for someone's Storybook even if they are not in the same class with you. So, if you are intrigued, take a look at the Storybook lists for the other classes, and see if something might appeal to you! (You'll have this option each week for the next several weeks - commenting on the Storybooks will continue through Week 12 of the semester.)

Fall 2009 enrollment. (repeat announcement) I know that many of you are graduating this spring (congratulations!), but for those of you who will be in school next year, I wanted to give you a chance to reserve a place in one of these online classes for Fall, if you are interested. The online courses all fill up very fast, but if you let me know BY THIS WEDNESDAY, March 25, that you would like to take one of these classes in the Fall, I will reserve a space for you. You can get more information about each of the three classes at MythFolklore.net, which links to the websites for each class.

March 24: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Today marks the birthday in the year 1919 of the American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is probably most famous as the founder of the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. You can read more about him in this Wikipedia article. The City Lights Bookstore was a regular place of pilgrimage for me back in the 1980s and 1990s and it is still going strong... as is Mr. Ferlingetti, who turns 90 years old this year. Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlingetti!