Monday, October 8

Today is Monday, and Week 7 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 8 will begin tomorrow, on Tuesday.

Spring Enrollment. Enrollment will be starting for Spring classes, and these online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday at the latest so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

Storybook stack.
As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and reply to the assignments in the order they were turned in. It is really important to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Especially during these revision weeks, I have no way of knowing that you have completed the assignment except for the email that you send me.

Myth Monday. For Myth Monday today I want to share a website that is familiar to some of you in the Myth-Folklore class already: the Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts website of Dan Ashliman, a retired professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In these hundreds of pages, he compiles versions of stories of different types from all over the world so that you can compare the similarities and differences. From Cinderella to Bluebeard to The King of Cats, Ashliman has compiled several thousand stories from Europe, Asia and the Americas organized by different tale types. You cannot find a book in the bookstore that does this - and Professor Ashliman has made this all available for free online. Just imagine how great it would be if every professor did the same!

Monday Events on Campus. At 1PM in 170 Hester Hall, Dr. Benjamin Penglase will present a lecture on Learning to Flow: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Ways of Being (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 8: Frank Herbert. Today marks the birthday of the science fiction writer Frank Herbert in 1920 (Herbert died in 1986). His novel, Dune, published in 1965, is one of the most popular science fiction novels ever written. Herbert himself wrote five sequels to the novel, with further volumes added by Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, using notes left by his father at his death. Below is a cover for one of the paperback editions of Dune, showing one of the mighty sandworms!