Well, here I am back in the real world, or, rather, back from the real world. Traveling always gives me wanderlust, especially when I’ll be returning to the self-centered bubble of academics. There’s a crushing load of work growling at me for the next few days, so that should keep me on my toes and off the computer, but you may get a few pictures sometime soon.

To Shirey: As I’ve continued my research (yes, I did read throughout break), I’ve found that what really interests me is the portrayal of the adult world and adult issues in kids’ media. Especially with “classic” children’s literature—Black Beauty, Peter Pan, all Roald Dahl—a number of curious taboos color the writing, and the stories have often been transformed from adult fiction to children’s or juvenile stories. Just to let you know, my synthesis essay and freewrites will reflect this.