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Saturday, October 06, 2007

U of A Recommended Reading

From a list given to Bradley while in high school in Page, Arizona.

Achebe: Things Fall Apart
Aesop: Fables
Agee: A Death in the Family
Anaya: Bless me, Ultima
Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio
Austin: Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin: Notes to a Native Son
Bellow: Henderson the Ram King; Mr. Sammler's Planet
*: Bible
Borges: Dr. Brodie's Report
Boswell: Life of Johnson
Bronte, C: Jane Eyre
Bronte, E: Wuthering Heights
Buck: The Good Earth
Capote: In Cold Blood, The Grass Harp, and other short stories
Carson: The Sea Around Us
Carroll: Alice in Wonderland
Cather: Death comes to the Archbishop
Cervantes: Don Quixote
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Conrad: Heath of Darkness, the Secret Sharer
Cooper: last of the Mohicans
Crane: The Red Badge of Courage
Dante: The Divine Comedy
Dickens: David Copperfield; Great Expectations; Oliver Twist; Tale of Two Cities
Dickenson: Collected poems
Dostsyevsky: Crime and Punishment
Elliot, George: Adam Bede
Elliot, T.S.: Collected Verse: Murder in the Cathedral
Ellsion: Invisible Man
Emerson: Essays
Euripedes: Medea
Faulkner: The Bear: The unvanquished
Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Franklin: Autobiography
Frost: Collected Poems
Gaines: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer
Grimm: Household Tales
Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Return of the Native
Hawthorne: The House of the Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter
Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms
Homer: Iliad, Odyseey
Huxley: Brave New World
Isben: A Doll's House, Enemy of the People
James: The Turn of the Screw, Portrait of a Lady
Kipling: Jungle Books, Kim, Captain Courageous
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet
Lewis, Oscar: The Children of Sanchez
Lewis, Sinclair: Babbitt, Arrowsmith
London: Call of the Wild
Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
McCullers: Member of the Wedding, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Melville: Moby Dick, Billy Budd
Millay: Collected Poems
Miller: Death of a Salesman, The Crucible
Milton: Paradise Lost
Mishima: The Sound of Waves
Mitford: American Way of Death
Momday: House Made of Dawn, The Way to Rainy Mountain
Morehead: The Blue Nile, The White Nile
Murasaki: Tale of Genji
O'Neill: Emperor Jones, Beyond the Horizon
Orwell: 1984, Animal Farm
Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country
Plath: The Bell Jar
Poe: Tales
Polo: Travels of Marco Polo
Plutarch: Lives of the Caesars
Riesman: The Lonely Crowd
Rivera: "..and the earth did not part."
Roth: Call It Sleep
Sagan: Dragons of Eden
Salinger: Catcher in the Rye
Sandburg: Lincoln
Saroyan: The Human Comedy
Sekaquaptewa, H.: Me and Mine
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Night's Dream
Shaw: Pygmalion, Saint Joan
Singer: Gimpei the Fool and other stories
Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Antigone
Sheridan: The Rivals
Solzhenitsya: One Day in the Life of Ivan Devnisovich
Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
Stevens: Collected Poems
Stevenson: Treasure Island, Kidnapped
Strachey: Victoria
Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Thacheay: Vanity Fair
Thorau: Walden
Tolkien: Lord of the Rings
Tolstoy: War and Peace
Tuchman: The guns of August, The Distant Mirror
Twain: Huckleberry Finn, Tom sawyer
Virgil: Aeneid
Welty: Collected Stories
Wharton: Ethan Frome
White, T.H.: The Once and Future King
Whitman: Leaves of Grass
Whittier: Selected Poems
Wilder: Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth
Williams: The Glass Menagerie

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Boo for Yahoo

I was looking at the Yahoo Kids site today and left annoyed. I sent the following letter on their feedback form.
I visited the site to check out the possibility of letting my kids hang out here. The answer will be no. The front page of your site featured a music video from the "Naked Brothers Band." That the incongruity of the band's name didn't leap out at the editors leaves me with no trust in the rest of your site. The LAST thing I want to teach my children on the internet is that it might be okay to click on a naked-anything link. /smacks forehead

P.S. Yes, I watched the video and I realize it doesn't contain pornographic content. The point is the false association with risque titles and innocent content.

Monday, October 01, 2007

My latex-free boy

Our son has a heightened chance of developing a latex allergy (he has spina bifida). To combat this, we treat him as if he already has the allergy (without panic if something latex happens to touch him). We've learned to be on the alert for the innocent-looking-but- evil-latex-lurking-in-the-shadows--or, you know, just making sure we avoid latex where possible.

Latex free (as per websites or contact with customer service representatives):
  • Member's Mark Diapers, from Sam's Club
  • White Cloud Supreme Diapers, from Wal-Mart
  • Parent's Choice Diapers, from Wal-Mart
  • Kids II toys
  • Schleich animal toys
  • Bumbo chairs
  • Nuk oral massager
Not latex free:
  • chewing gum
  • Koosh balls
  • non-Mylar balloons
Good information to have about latex:
  • EVA foam doesn't have natural rubber latex--even though it sometimes is called "foam rubber"
  • "In rare instances, people who are allergic to latex may also react to rubber bands, erasers, rubber parts of toys, various rubber components in medical devices, rubber elastic in clothes, or feeding nipples and pacifiers. Products molded from hard, crepe rubber, such as soles of shoes, are unlikely to cause reactions. Almost all latex paints are not a problem since they do not contain natural rubber latex." from AAAAI
  • American Latex Allergy Association lists