wOct 17, 2006

I'm wearing 2 pairs of pajama pants. It is effective against the coldness.

It's raining right now. This is unfortunate because despite owning two umbrellas, I don't know where either of them are.

There's a nice article in The New York Times about how parents are spending more time with their children, despite the obvious upswing of women in the workforce.

I'm not feeling stressed out about my American Lit exam at all, which I guess is good. I was kind of surprised when sitting in the classroom before my Discussion section for this class today. A lot of my classmates were telling each other that they were very much regretting not having done any of the readings for the class yet, or not attending lecture. When I overhear things like this, it tends to upset me a lot because I never miss class, and I always do all of the readings (sometimes I get behind, but it always gets done) and I know that there are people who do jack-squat who get better grades than me. And no, it isn't fair. But in this case, in this class, I didn't get angry. Because when the TA handed out a helpful sheet telling us what he's looking for from us on the exam, it looked really easy to me - far easier than my Shakespeare exam. A lot of my classmates were upset about it and kept asking antagonistic questions, but I was pretty happy with the news. Maybe, for once, my hard work will pay off. We'll see. I'm still going to finish rereading the rest of my notes tonight anyway, and also rereading all of the passages that were mentioned in lecture. Otherwise, I'll just do my best to not worry about it.

I always hate when it'd midnight the night before an exam because I don't know if it would be better to stay up and finish studying now, or go to sleep and wake up and do it in the morning. :/ But I'm pretty tired. So I think I'm going to opt for the morning.

The best part about exams is definitely deciding everything you're going to do once they're over with. I haven't pored over every part of the schedule for the Wisconsin Book Festival yet, but there are a few events I definitely would like to go, and I was wondering if any of you Madison friends would like to join me. Let me know if you do, and I can figure out when to meet you (I'll probably go early to the lecture-type things, especially Gaiman's and Lowry's, to get good seats). According to the website, all of the events are free.

1) The Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Book Sale. I go to this every semester. You can go on Wednesday for the preview sale if you pay $5, and then Thursday-Saturday, there is no admission fee. Also Thursday-Friday, I think the book prices are usually $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers. It really is an excellent deal. On Saturday, you only pay $2 per bag (you should bring your own bag).
I'd like to go Thursday afternoon, as soon as I'm done with American Lit at 2:15. The class is in Humanities, so I would get to Memorial Library (where the book sale is) within a few minutes. Even if you can't come with me, I highly recommend going to this book sale. They have a pretty big variety of books on just about every subject, and you really can't beat the prices!

2) I'd like to see Lois Lowry speak at Memorial Union Theater on Wednesday, the 18th, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
Lois Lowry is among the most critically acclaimed authors of books for children and teenagers. She has twice won the Newbery Award, for her novels Number the Stars and The Giver. Her most recent book is Gossamer (2006). She will deliver the ninth annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, sponsored by the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education at the UW-Madison.

The annual Zolotow Lecture, which brings a distinguished author of books for children and young adults to Madison each fall, is sponsored by the CCBC to honor UW alumna Charlotte Zolotow's distinguished career as a children's book editor and author. Intended for adults interested in children's literature.

3) I'd like to see the panel at the Orphem Theater consisting of Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Gary K. Wolfe. This will be Sunday, the 22nd, at 4:00 pm.
Panelists will discuss their work in the broader context of genre writing. They will examine the current state of horror and fantasy writing, the "New Fabulists" movement, and why Wisconsin has inspired such notable horror--both real and fiction. A moderated discussion with questions from the audience will follow short introductions. Presented by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison.

4) This one just sounds fun: Books on the Runway: a Fashion Show of Wearable Books for the Mind and Body. Friday, 4:30-5:30 pm, Memorial Union Theater
This runway show of original, handmade books, gives a whole new meaning to body language. The artist designers will show off their hippest, new fashion books: from a wig to a wedding dress. Members will read from their bold, new looks that speak profoundly, in jest, in introspection, in heartfelt opinion. You may wonder who wears this stuff, but you'll be awed to see that a book can be wearable. Following the show, the audience will have the opportunity to view the books up close and talk to the artists. Don't miss this haute couture presentation and reading.

So, those are the things that I definitely would like to go to, but I might be willing to go to other things with people if they want to go.

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scribbled mystickeeper at 12:12 AM

I would have gone with you to the book fashion show and the Gaiman panel, but unfortunately I'll be gone from Friday afternoon to Sunday night.

By Blogger Steph, at 12:49 AM, October 17, 2006  

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