>The sun is up, the sky is blue,
It’s beautiful, and so are you.
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
Here in Rust Belt, the sun is actually shining through the gray coat of winter dullness that usually covers us from December through March, so this particular assistant professor is going to celebrate the last Sunday before the start of the school year by lacing up her Saucony running shoes and heading out for at least an hour’s run, more if I feel up to it. (I’ve been off my game since the marathon, and in the last three weeks I’ve only gotten in a run or two a week, so no mega-long runs for me for the time being.)
And then I’m going to come back and write something about the problems and pleasures of literature surveys and anthologies — for the upcoming Teaching Carnival, to be held at Ancarett’s Abode on January 15 — inspired by this NY Times article on M. H. Abrams’ retirement from editing the Norton Anthology. (He’s handing over the reins to Stephen Greenblatt, which gives this medievalist pause, although no greater pause than the Norton Anthology already does. More on why in the promised post.) So, in other words, I’m spending my last free Sunday thinking about teaching. Will it never end? (She cries in mock despair.)
[ETA: I thought it best not to post my “Why I love/hate surveys and anthologies” post until tomorrow, as my Norton and Longman anthologies are at the office, and as the Norton is a new edition, I should really make sure none of my particular beefs with it have been made obsolete.]