May 14, 2004

Bored and reading up a storm...

Eats, Shoots and Leaves wasn't doing it for me, but I'm halfway through, and when I read it, it is enjoyable. However, grammar just doesn't have the immersion factor.

So, instead, I had to pick up my celebratory end-of-the-semester Jennifer Crusie, which under advisement of Miss Donna, turned out to be Fast Women. My opinion? Thoroughly addictive! I'm never disappointed by Crusie. [Except for Strange Bedpersons, but that was an early, Harlequinesque novel. But, it had great cover art!] Anyway, that was good, and since I'm out of authors like her to read, I had to move on.

To The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston's acclaimed memoir of growing up female and Chinese-American. This was the only book I could think of when asked what I would like to read. My oldest sister thought it would be nice to give me a collection of my favorite authors for my graduation. She sent my other sister on the hunt for what I'd like. So, she bluntly asked me what authors I liked. This was the only thing I could think of, because I almost bought it the week before. Ergo, the oldest got me kitchen-ware, and the middle sister got me this book, pretty much as a joke. Good quality fun (and a funnier story in person). But, it's a good read.

I've also read the Mister Rogers quotation book, which was also very good, and was indeed a graduation gift.

In addition to that, I've been cooking up a storm. The latest tasty dish? Harvest Turkey Burgers, via Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals 2 cookbook. Nothing says yum like shredded vegetables with ground turkey (and I'm not kidding).

Posted by Julie Young at May 14, 2004 10:08 PM

Julie, I was thinking of using a book like Eats, Shoots and Leaves in EL 150 (Intro to Literary Study), since I think it could use a on both grammar and nonfiction writing. Do you think it would be appropraite?

Also... have you any plans to post your Galatea essay, or perhaps submit it to the IF newsletter XYZZY News?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 15, 2004 11:23 PM

Overall, you can't argue with the successful nature of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, and it does cover those hard-core English major punctuation problems, such as commas before the conjunction in a list. I also like it because it gives a little bit of the history behind punctuation and is kind of funny. If you were going for an amusing style book that is obsessed with apostrophes and commas, this would be it.

However, I'm not really enjoying it. My oldest sister loves it -- but she's a stickler for rules (librarian...need I say more?). I notice poor spelling and punctuation, but I don't actually care as much as I should. Frankly, Truss says that you should correct missing apostrophes at fruit markets. I say don't flaunt your education in front of the migrant worker who had to pick those berries to support a family in an impoverished country. But, the berries could easily be from a wholesaler, so what do I know.

Anyway... The whole British convention of commas outside of quotation marks freaks me out.

But that aside, this could spark some interesting class discussions, but ack, I don't know. I'm glad I'm not the one who has to assign texts! :)

As for my Galatea paper, I've been spying on the aforementioned IF newsletter, and I figure that I may as well reread my paper and attempt to submit it, if I don't chicken out. However, since I'm just sitting around for the next month, I may as well get right to it, chicken be damned.

Posted by: Julie at May 19, 2004 11:40 PM
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