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  1. "Once there were some prisoners chained in a cave, forced to watch shadows of puppets on the wall...." I don't think there's much in the way of Platonic or Aristotelian stories to be had. And none of them are likely to hold the interest of (or be suitable for) a third-grader. But here's someone's attempt to scrape together various bits into stories.
  2. Thinking I might set Henry James aside for a day and read the Lincoln-Douglas debates. And fantasize.
  3. Texas is just background in La Rabouilleuse; one character comes back from the Bonapartist colony, that's it. Like Algeria in Cousine Bette, which I remember now with your prompt. I got rid of Said in the great "not returning to grad school" purge. I remember when I read it, feeling guilty as I realized how much I unapologetically loved 'Arabian Nights' sorts of literature and art. But I really should track down a copy and re-read it. If only the library at Big State U. would reopen.
  4. I didn't remember that at all! Now I'm wondering if I should re-read Said and see if he had anything interesting to say about this. Or does North Africa count as "Oriental"? Texas is surprisingly present in 19th-century French consciousness. As well as Champ d'Asile, there was a Fourierist commune on the Trinity (briefly: they soon discovered that Texas Plains weather consists of alternating blizzards and droughts). The French were the first to recognize the Republic as a nation, and the French Legation is one of our city's most prominent historical buildings. The Republic maintained an e
  5. This book was a very helpful guide to elementary Catholic education: Course of Christian Doctrine, Grades 1-8 (free on Google books)
  6. I've read Cousine Bette, Père Goriot; and La Rabouilleuse (The Black Sheep). I feel that there's one more that I'm not recalling. Texas features obliquely in La Rabouilleuse via the Champ d'Asile, a failed Bonapartist colony on the Trinity River, where one of the characters is a colonist. It's less well-known but I enjoyed it. Have you read Les Contes drolatiques?
  7. Still working on The Ambassadors. And Gatsby still on my must-read-now plate, together with Swift's A Modest Proposal. I sneaked in a re-read of Thomas Day's 1990 classic (in certain circles) Why Catholics Can't Sing, which I last read when it came out and was raising eyebrows by saying the things that everybody thought but wasn't saying. From last week: I'm in awe of you ladies tackling books in French. I can fight my way through French literature, but a quick subtraction of my age from my probable life-span convinces me to stick to translations. @Little Green Leaves, are you planning o
  8. Night is indeed powerful. However it's quietly admitted to be quasi-fictional. ETA: One wants to tread carefully here, so as to avoid giving aid and comfort to people of ill intent. But I read Night at a young age and was haunted for years by a particularly dreadful passage, one that it turns out Wiesel almost certainly invented. With all due sympathy, I believe it was irresponsible of him to allow his novel -- even if greatly informed by his personal experiences -- to be presented as autobiography.
  9. There's not a lot of Texas literature. That's why we all idolize Larry McMurtry. Mostly we were given the same books off the AP lists that everyone else had to read. Mostly Yankees and Californians. 🙂
  10. The pears make great jelly, and candy, or eaten fresh. I've never seen the leaves made into jelly though.
  11. Nopales (prickly pear cactus leaves). Pretty good in breakfast tacos. Rattlesnake, barbecued. Still traumatized from peering over the edge of the floor freezer case at the HEB right before Christmas some time in the '70s and seeing a pile of pigs' heads in clear plastic bags, tongues sticking out and all. No thank you, won't be eating those.
  12. We would have been well served in high school to have been given some sort of map. As it is, I constructed a hazy geography of a kind of suburban New York City, shaped somehow like a double egg, that featured at least one dock and several ash heaps.
  13. I didn't catch that at all! I thought maybe that was just what they called Long Island back in the early 20th. Of course, when we read it in high school in Texas, most of us weren't all that clear where New York was in the first place. Why are these people acting this way? Is that what New Yorkers are like? Huh.
  14. Still reading Henry James's The Ambassadors. And soon need to read The Great Gatsby together with Middle Girl -- better late than never. So a convenient time to throw Robin's challenge onto the book pile! I wonder if I can get Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall read quick? Book/Movie challenge update: We saw The Phantom Tollbooth. Skip it. Plodding, dull, altogether lacking Juster's wittiness, and adding didactic sequences about Character Building as the reason for education, rather than being educated as the reason for education: a complete betrayal of the book.
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