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July in Frankenville


I'm teaching a summer course in critical reading and, sadly, had no control over the curriculum.  Hence, I was forced to read and teach Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  It was truly painful to wrap my head around this book -- Dr. Frankenstein is an abhorrent character.  Not only does he abandon his monster/creation, but he lets everyone he loves become the monster's victim rather than confess to the crime of creation.  Yes, he was the true monster of this novel.  End of story, and I wish I could have all those hours back.  At least I'm being compensated for the hours I have to teach this novel and feign interest in Shelley's anything-but-subtle writing.  (Oh no, another storm -- the monster must be coming!)  Rarely am I so crabby about reading a classic, but I've had so little time to read lately that having to read a horrid classic seems like a huge waste of time.  At least I can identify with my students when they moan about the book and can model how to find redeeming lessons in a dull novel (like what not to do when writing and how to dissect sentences that are 20 lines long).  Sadly, it gets worse.  When this novel is finished, I'm being forced to teach The Road by mysoginist Cormac McCarthy.  I guess this has become my summer of monsters.  


Apr. 7th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya
[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)



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