Nothing separates the wheat from the chaff of literature like teaching the same book across 2-3 periods a day every year: the best books become better as your understanding of them deepens. I still don't love Romeo & Juliet, but at least the language is awesome. And Lord of the Flies? Thank goodness I'm no longer… » 3/27/15 6:48am Friday 6:48am

true. It's f'ng embarassing. While Kubrick made a great movie that's kinda The Shining,I'd love to see a well done adaptation that's faithful to the book. I think it's possible in the right hands as it's pretty lean for a King novel...and technically, his best in my opinion. (Although not my favorite, which would be… » 3/12/15 6:03pm 3/12/15 6:03pm

I said this over on the Mary Sue, but I can't say how much Pratchett's writing got me through some dark times. As a public high school teacher who was working in a poor urban school, I had to face and deal with the fallout from the absolute worst aspects of our society. I would come home disheartened and wanting to… » 3/12/15 10:33am 3/12/15 10:33am

I mean, I'm from CA and this is my first ever "real" Boston winter. It's...not that bad! Granted, not that bad for ME because I live downtown where everything gets plowed and shoveled, and I don't have a car, so no worries about space-saver insanity—no doubt folks in the outer neighborhoods and suburbs have had to… » 2/27/15 5:50pm 2/27/15 5:50pm