Thursday, March 12, 2015

In Memoriam: Sir Terry Pratchett.

It is hard to sum up the exact sensation I felt, earlier today, when I happened upon Rhianna Pratchett's tweet that read quite simply: "The End."

I think first, there was this brief electric moment of dread. Please, no, not today, not this year. It is utterly childish to add on, Not ever, but isn't that what we always feel, in the moments when we have a good book sprawled over our knees or its talented creator before us with a twinkle in their eye and a hand extended for a shake.

It's particularly hard to swallow, on days like these, that everything is so brief and fleeting and dishearteningly finite.

And now, a fount of wisdom and whimsy has been stopped up for good. And all we can think is, What a great, great loss. Because that is what it is.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Commuter Corner [1]

So, if you've noticed, this particular haunt of mine on the World Wide Web is getting a little...dusty.

This can be readily (and, in my opinion, justifiably) attributed to the fact that, for the better part of the week, I'm ducking in and out of classrooms, straining under the weight of textbooks, added snow days to the end of the semester and professorial expectations.

Oh, and the constant looming weather. If you ever wondered what form Ebenezer Scrooge would take were he not human and hadn't had the fear of God (and the joy of Christmas) scared into him, it is totally the way it's looked outside every single day since the semester started.

(Seriously, wake me up when February ends. Actually, just hit the snooze button and leave me alone until mid-May.)

Just. Pretend that's snow. And ice. And hail.

In any case, I don't want to leave things around here high and dry while I do my best to be a diligent college student, so I'm opening up a new feature.

(Yeah, it doesn't have a particularly catchy title. Bear with me here.)

Since I've fortunately been able to squeeze in my reading around homework deadlines, in between class periods and even in the car at particularly desperate moments, I'm hoping to provide some on-the-go progress reports, mini reviews and maybe even forecasts on what I might be reading next.