Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sleeping and not sleeping.

Having a little bit of an insomnia wave here, wherein for a variety of reasons I find myself unable to drift into sleep and then have to get up and do whatever. Read, check to see if running son has written, surf the internet pointlessly.

Last night, I think the murder mystery novel I was reading was the tipping point into sleeplessness, as it were. It was a pretty good one--Murder is Academic, a novel I picked up at the Bingham Creek library (the superior West Jordan library) because (a) I liked its cover, (b) it was about academia, and (c) it took place in Great Britain--a slightly fictionalized Cambridge, as it happens.

English teachers everywhere will be happy to know that this mystery turns on an incident of plagiarism. There was a red herring case of student plagiarism, but the fatal act consisted of a professor plagiarizing a student. Talk about your turn of the screw.

Luckily, I was able to finish it and put my mind (or the plot, take your pick) to rest. That meant a slightly cranky day with a nap in it. But it's ended well, as I'm now starting a new Inspector Rebus novel--Ian Rankin, Resurrection Men. I'm in hopes that I will be able to leave it alone for a solid seven hours tonight.

4 comments:

Amelia said...

I hope you had a peaceful slumber last night...

Nik said...

I want a murder mystery to distract me from my lame brain. This sounds like a good one.
Hope you slept OK last night. This insomnia wave--it's odd. Perhaps we need our students to sleep????

Limon de Campo said...

Have you read Kill Your Darlings by Terrence Blacker? It's another interesting yarn about academics and plagiarism.

Dr. Write said...

I love it! Plagiarism novels! And I loved the Icelandic one you loaned me. You are the goddess of mysteries. Hope you are sleeping better. Maybe you need to go out of town. Then when you get home you will sleep better out of relief. Maybe...

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