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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Waiting for Jonathan Kozol

I saw Waiting for ‘Superman’ today, the much-hyped documentary by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). I was all set to defend the movie to my teacher friends who decry its anti-union sensibility, some of whom won’t even see it on that account. Now, having seen it, I don’t feel much like defending it. I’m […]

Another Day…

…another marvelous CSU story. This morning I went off on a tangent in Latin 201, telling my students I reread Crime and Punishment this summer and making some obscure connection between the Dostoevsky novel and our text, the Cupid and Psyche story from Apuleius’s The Golden Ass. Bill said, “Funny you should mention that book. […]

Superwoman Lives

Recently one of my CSU students invited me to sit in as she defended her Masters thesis. (I’ll call her K.) I had helped K. with some Latin translation last semester as part of her research but hadn’t seen her since. K. was a memorable character. Beginning Latin in 2006 as a sophomore in her late […]

“Wounding, Destruction, Despair, Healing, and Love”

Millicent Monks gives new, horrifying meaning to the term “sandwich generation.” Her memoir Songs of Three Islands: A Story of Mental Illness in an Iconic American Family describes being caught between mentally-ill parents and a daughter with borderline personality disorder. Monks herself has suffered from depression at some points in her life and much understandable […]