As we are wrapping up Round Two, your assignment for our next in-class writings is to bring in a word that you'd like for us to master. I am looking for a good vocabulary word, something with nice sounds, whose origin and use we might become more familiar.
Bring your word in for next class and we'll make a big list as a group. The other parts of the assignment will be included at that time.
For now, I'd like for you to read: In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel.
Consider for our discussion, what the title has to do with the story, and how and why the random, digressive facts work through the story. Be able to discuss Hempel's techniques and how they work for or against the notion that large topics, such as death, are difficult in the realm of short fiction.