So, yesterday wrapped up the fourth and final session in Verlyn Flieger's online class
The Silmarillion: Tolkien's Unfinished Symphony, streamed through the Politics and Prose bookstore in DC.* I'm glad I signed up, both for the presentation and discussion.
I particularly enjoyed the last session, dedicated to the Akallabeth, Lost Road, and Notion Club Papers, since I've long had a special interest in Tolkien's Atlantis myth.
Although I'd read (and written about) this material before, the presentation was thought-provoking and the contributions from the students interesting.
In short: a good course. I'd do this again.
current reading: letters of T. H. White (somewhat off-putting). re-reading Heinlein's FIFTH COLUMN (just finished**) and TUNNEL IN THE SKY (just started).
**problematic, like most of Heinlein.