While I’ve had some “interesting” situations with professors over the course of my time as a college student, none have matched what one student at Concordia University in Montreal discovered: his professor has been dead for two years. Thanks to the pandemic, online classes that use video-recorded lectures is the norm. However, no one told the folks in Canadian Art History that their professor’s lectures were archived, and that the school holds the license to them. In true college student fashion, the professor was described as, “this sweet old French guy who’s just absolutely thrilled to talk paintings of snow and horses . . .”
Think you’ve developed some weird habits during the pandemic? One person on Twitter has a question for the rest of us:
Over the last week, I’ve messaged Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku several times, per usual. Frequently, she shares pictures holding the new baby, who is totally passed out, because clearly the book Jackie is reading to her is really boring (or it’s because she’s a baby). I asked Jackie to create a “Books That Put My Baby To Sleep” blog post, but we’ll see. Caring for baby is a full-time job!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I had a triple threat! Three collections of poems published by Pearlsong Press that came together thanks to the Fat Poets’ Society. I’m so glad you all were able to see the progression in the collections that I tried to highlight. Check out my brief reviews of the three Fat Poets Speak collections.
Switching things up in 2021, I added a discussion question to my review of Foundation by Mercedes Lackey, which is part of #ReadingValdemar. Thanks to those who participated in the conversation about what happens when a genre book focuses more on character building than the genre tropes. Missed the conversation? Participate here!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
What happens when a criminal attorney is convinced to take on a divorce? Lots of bumbling, it seems, but also a cut-throat, take-them-for-everything approach to negotiations! Susan Rieger, a highly-experienced lawyer herself, knocks one out of the park with her epistolary-ish novel The Divorce Papers.
After contacting Pearlsong Press, I received a few offers to participate in my Meet the Writer feature. On Thursday, you’ll meet Leslie Moïse, who writes in a number of genres. I bought her memoir about her friendship with another woman, which focuses on knitting, cancer, mental health, domestic violence, and self-acceptance and am stoked to read it.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
I’ve taught Studs Terkel essays about race (most famously the one between a Klan member and his coworker, a black woman), admiring how powerful his style of journalism was, but never sought out a complete collection of his work. As for Wilkerson’s book, I know it’s famous but didn’t realize it was mostly personal stories. These two books have quite a bit in common, given their anecdotal approach to reporting.