Sunday, July 3, 2011

Week Five Hours, Summer Reading, and the Founding Fathers


I wasn't sure if I was going to post this tonight, but I have just enough time and energy. I spent the weekend in Minneapolis with some good friends. We enjoyed downtown, a Twins game, and some great food. If I was ever to live in a major U.S. city, Minneapolis is a major contender!

This week was pretty sad as far as hours go. I read for four hours, and that's it. I took this week off by focusing on relaxing and working around the house. I finished Confederacy of Dunces, which was excellent, and began In Cold Blood, which is really stirring and disturbing all at the same time. Here's my video...

Once more, tried to keep it short, but have some fun with it as well.

As I inserted the RotK footage, I realized it didn't work so well without ten minutes of context, which is how working with Tolkien is. In short, this is what I meant to use his words to say:

We spend too much time & effort worrying about what the founding fathers wanted, rather than what we need right now.

That being said, however, have an excellent and safe 4th!

Also, what books are you reading this summer?

1 comment:

  1. I'm also an English teacher! I usually don't know if I'm going to use a book in my classroom until after I'm done reading it so I haven't been counting reading in my hours. But if I'm specifically reading a book to use in a class I definitely will.

    The books I've enjoyed reading the most this summer are The Hunger Games series. They're so addicting and would be great to teach. I would love to do a class on the idea of utopias/dystopias and include them. If you have any suggestions for books that would work with that theme I'd love to hear them!