Update: Where I’ve Been (And Where I’m Headed)

Hello all—thanks for dropping by this holiday weekend!  I’d say I’m sorry I didn’t post something new for you to see (or a poem this Friday), but that would require me to be sorry for a wonderful weekend away from the Internet and just about all forms of media/communication on Whidbey Island, and I’m definitely not sorry about that.  Good food (much of it cooked by yours truly), nifty little towns to visit, and a wee bit of hiking around Deception Pass.  I didn’t make any headway on the Pulitzers, I’ll admit, devoting my time instead to reading a collection of Connie Willis short stories, all focused around Christmas (in general).  Willis is a fantastic writer and perhaps the most decorated short story author in sci-fi/fantasy history, but I’ll admit this collection is a bit uneven.  “Epiphany” is excellent though, and, as the last story in the collection, finished it well.

I’ll be back on track soon, I assure you, but the pressures of grad school may slow me down a smidge over the next few days.  Still, I’ll have posts soon on Ferber’s intriguing novel, and I know my winter break is going to be a little sprint to see how much headway I can make into the Pulitzer list before 2009 runs out the clock.  Thank you all for coming along for even a small part of this odd journey I’m taking—I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (for those of you in the USA), and I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season in the weeks ahead (whether you observe Advent and Christmas, as I do, or whether you’re involved in Chanukah, Kwanzaa, the Solstice, or any of a number of other winter festivals whose names I have forgotten or never learned).  See you again soon!

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2 comments on “Update: Where I’ve Been (And Where I’m Headed)

    • jwrosenzweig says:

      Fair question: apparently the more common transliteration of the Jewish holiday is Hanukkah, so if you recognize that spelling, you recognize the holiday.

      If you don’t know the holiday, the 30 second answer is that it’s a Jewish holiday that commemorates the miraculous event of God sustaining the Temple lamps despite a lack of fuel, after Antiochus IV (then King of Syria) had desecrated the Second Temple, which inspired the Maccabean Revolt. More (including a note acknowledging the spelling “Chanukah”) is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah (where else?)

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