I think it is now really and truly the end of the semester: I was still finishing up little leftover bits of business this morning, but the way now seems to be clear towards novel revisions...
Read a lovely book the other night, Anna Goldsworthy's Piano Lessons: A Memoir. It is fantastic, and this copy is now destined for my mother, who will love it at least as much as I did. It makes me think now that sometime I should teach a seminar on pedagogy that would be constructed around this and other books that shed light on great teaching? At any rate I will start trying to collect readings around that theme, and suggestions are welcome in comments or by email.
Main fact of last few days is that I have fallen hard into the amazing stream of words that is Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. It is the perfect novel that I most want to read of all things in the world! I bought a real copy of the book when it came out, as I figured it was the sort of thing I like to keep on the shelf after I've read it, but the physical book seemed so cumbersome (it is beautifully designed but hard to hold) that it went unread. So I bought a second copy for Kindle (and IMO this is what publishers should be trying to do, i.e. sell bundled copies in multiple formats) and am completely and passionately smitten by it. Alternate-universe fiction at its very best: I think it probably gets my vote for favorite novel of the year.
(Oh, yes, I think I read one other novel as well, a good recommendation from Maxine: Jussi Adler-Olson's Mercy a.k.a. - same book - The Keeper of Lost Causes.)