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A Few Thoughts for August 16th

Just a couple things that may be of interest:

  • Today is the 29th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which also makes it my birthday (no, not my 29th). I remember hearing about Elvis' death on my little red plastic radio, in my bedroom in Lexington, Mass. Today is also Madonna's birthday, and my friend Christina's.
  • I read today in the Duke alumni magazine that all incoming freshman will be required to read My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, before arriving on campus. My Sister's Keeper is the story of 13-year-old Anna, who was conceived as a genetic match to be a marrow donor for her older sister, and what happens when she later rebels against being a donor. It's a story about medical ethics, family responsibilities, and relationships. It's a truly excellent book that I highly recommend for adults or mature young adult readers.
  • Duke is also now offering a course titled: Fairy Tales: Grimms to Disney. How cool is that? If they'd offered that class when I was there, maybe it would have been just what I needed to pull me back from engineering. Oh well. Better late than never.
  • If you've been following the book meme recently in play across the kidlitosphere, you might be interested in this post at Here in the Bonny Glen. Melissa Wiley deconstructs the question: "Name one book that you wish had never been written", and summarizes many of the blog responses to the topic. One point that I found interesting was the idea that if Mein Kampf hadn't been written, perhaps the Holocaust wouldn't have happened. Wow! But check out Melissa's full post on the topic.

That's it for now. Friends and a nice bottle of wine await. Happy August 16th!