The Long Good-Bye

I just finished reading Raymond Chandler’s The Long Good-Bye. I’ve heard of his work before, but I decided to read one of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe mysteries after the urging of my Hungarian friend, Sandor. I like Marlowe, and in some ways, I would like to be like him. This was an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading Chandler’s other Marlowe stories!

Yesterday, I had my first seminar in the genre definitions module. It was an enjoyable discussion, and I think that everyone had something to contribute. Present at the seminar were: Mr. Sawyer, Sunshine (MA), Christian (MA), Sandor (visiting scholar), Aiden-Paul (PhD), and myself. Mr. Sawyer hasn’t heard from the fourth MA student, so we might only have a class of three.

Also yesterday, I walked down to Bold Street to find the Waterstone bookshop. I had heard that they have a larger science fiction selection than Blackwell’s. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware that they close so early. I arrived at their storefront to be turned away by a pretty attendant who told me that they closed at 17:00. I’m used to the convenience of stores being open until 21:00 or 22:00. It’s just a minor point that I’ll have to remind myself of before I want to undertake another evening shopping trek.

Returning to today’s going-ons, I am currently doing a load of laundry across from the porter’s lodge. It costs £2 for a wash and £1 for drying. It’s a little more expensive than I would care for, but the washers can handle more than a normal sized load.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.