....and know, dear loyal readers, that I am silent because I am in the throes of end-of-semester turmoil. This includes, e.g., students who appear for the first time and wonder what they've missed (!!!) (to which I say, Oh nothing....); students who ask whether the Supreme Court can pass an act outlawing immigration; students who put the text of footnotes IN the footnote instead of in the text and get furious with me for telling them to redo it; students who ask in class, without the slightest indication of shame, whether they need to read the rest of the books to pass the final. I could go on. To be sure, there are good students, even some wonderful ones. But MY GOD. I've not even mentioned the very sad situation posed by students who are smart enough but have gathered no (NO) writing skills in high school because the whole damn thing was multiple choice. Enough. I will reappear in the blog after December 8. In the meantime, I am knitting and crocheting hats to sell in the studio -- to stay sane.