Monday, October 21

Today is Monday. Week 9 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 or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

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. 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 replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in; please check to make sure that I received your assignment. Especially if you are turning in a revision assignment, the email is the only way I have to know for sure that the assignment is done.

Writing Center.
 In addition to the writing you are doing for this class, you are probably now working on end-of-semester writing projects in your other classes, too. Whether you are struggling with the overall organization of your writing, or if you have questions about writing mechanics (especially punctuation), or even if you just need some tips on how to proofread your work, the tutors at the Writing Center can help. For hours and services, visit the Writing Center website. Everyone can benefit from an extra pair of eyes, and the writing tutors are there to help you improve your writing, at any level and for any class you are taking.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Art by Anirudh Sainath. These contemporary works of art depict the gods of the Indian tradition using the style of comic books and video games, very different from the traditional iconography, but still very recognizable. Here is Rama, riding Hanuman into battle:

Featured Storybook: Delilah's Radio Hour. Whether or not you have listened to the actual Delilah show on the radio, I am sure you will enjoy Kate's Storybook for Indian Epics this semester, as lovelorn characters from the Indian Epics turn to Delilah for advice.

FREE Kindle eBook: Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which contains the stories from the Myth-Folklore unit this week, plus many more besides.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Fall down seven times, get up eight (a Japanese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. That is good advice in any language, with any numbers you want to use!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Krishnawho is playing his flute while dancing on a lotus blossom.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a screening of the Italian film Life is Beautiful at 5:30 PM as part of Global Fluency week (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 21: Jack Kerouac. Today, October 21, marks the death in 1969 of Jack Kerouac, the great American novelist of the "Beat" generation of writers. You can read more about Kerouac's life and career in this Wikipedia article. He is most famous for his novel On the Road, which he wrote in a burst of inspiration during the month of April in 1951. In order to keep pace with his writing style, he taped pieces of paper together in a continuous roll of paper that was 120 feet long so that he could then feed it into the typewriter without having to stop to change the paper. Just imagine what he could have done with a word processor, eh? The actual scroll has been preserved, as you can see here:

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