Teaching ONE Class This Fall (2010)

The one class self is teaching this fall:

Essential Beginnings in Non-Fiction

It’s through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Registration is open now. Self has lots of spaces, but the class doesn’t start until Oct. 27.

Because it’s on-line, you can be anywhere and take it. You can be in Antarctica. You can be in Germany (I had a student who was in a U.S. base there). You can be in South Korea (another student: He was a journalist based in South Korea). You can be in Tokyo (like one of my students, earlier this year). You can be in Beirut (another student)

It’s five weeks of intense writing/exchanging responses/ sharing.

It is NOT for people who can’t deal with deadlines. Because there will be many.

For the courageous, there’s this class.

After that, she doesn’t teach again until mid-April (Essential Beginnings in Fiction)

Some useful information about financial aid, here. (Bear in mind: UCLA Extension students are not eligible for federal grants.)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

“The Good Wife,” Last Night (2nd Tuesday of August 2010)

“Warehouse 13” kinda fell by the wayside. But self waited up for “The Good Wife” (a repeat — season premiere is Sept. 28. Thank God no competition from “Justified” this time)

Sorry, no Alan Cumming quotes from last night’s episode (though self would like to share that in her usual peregrinations through TV-land, a few days ago she happened to stumble upon a wild movie called “Get Carter” that featured Sly Stallone mostly walking around in a fab light gray suit, Mickey Rourke as the heavy of course, and Alan Cumming as a weasel).

The episode of “The Good Wife” that aired last night contained a somewhat over-the-top scene in a church that involved Peter stripping a man’s shirt off … and also scenes featuring that preppy lawyer (Matt Czuchry) who is really slippery and somewhat of a rat (but looks like an altar boy — is that great casting or what???)

To him belongs a great scene where he stands in the corridor looking right, left, right, left: to his right, the male partner (Josh Charles). To his left, the female partner (Christine Baranski, who self loves). Guess who he chooses to suck up to? Can’t you guess ??? Decisive moment, there! Too bad preppy lawyer didn’t get hot Starbucks coffee thrown in his face afterwards!

Self also loved the scene where, after climactic showdown between Alicia and Peter in the lobby of a Baptist Revival Church (a showdown that, in keeping with the show’s smart under-statedness, was nothing but if-looks-could-kill expressions from Julianna Margulies), we see Peter stumbling on Alicia on the phone, making a date to meet — Will! Her boss! For dinner! She leaves Peter with a frozen pizza and tells him he has to pre-heat the oven for 10 minutes — BWAH HA HAAA!

Peter tries to follow her, and Alicia glances down at the invisible demarcation line (He’s under house arrest and wears an electronic beeper) across the threshold of their apartment. And off she goes, down the elevator to meet Will. And Peter, after a long moment — decides to chase after her! And all hell breaks loose! With sirens going and all! THE END!

Wow, talk about cliffhangers!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


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