Thursday, March 11, 2004
I left the house at 11am this morning after spending about two hours finishing the novel Wieland. I went to Starbucks and read some required reading for my last class in Tolkien. We had a good discussion in American Lit. today. Since I had finished the novel, I was able to contribute largely to the discussion, and a lot of other people kept silent, because they did not finish the novel. It was a good discussion about the effects of alienation and the fallibility of the human mind as demonstrated in Wieland. By the way, if you haven't read this novel, I highly recommend it. It is a great novel. I would also recommend Native Son, which, in my opinion is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

After classes, I came home and started doing research for my paper on the definition, function, and justification of labor in eighteenth-century America. We have to create our own arguments about a single text we have read this term, so I came up with the above topic on my own. I still need to work with it a bit more before I know for sure what my argument is, but it will come to me--hopefully sooner than later!

This evening, we met my parents (and Mike & Tracy) at the Holiday Inn on Columbia Blvd. for dinner. My parents leave bright and early tomorrow morning for HAWAII! Fun, fun! I'm envious. Hawaii is a lot of fun, and two of my siblings will be meeting them over there next week. My parents will be over there for two weeks. I think I would actually like to go to Tahiti more than Hawaii; actually, anywhere in French Polynesia would suit me just fine.

Ciao--Karli

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