My gifted seniors are reading and doing a project on Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses. As I love this novel, I am very excited. There’s not a great deal of scholarly material on McCarthy readily available yet, but at least it is increasing. I’m going to have them create a map of John Grady Cole’s journeys, research the topic of Americans in Mexican prisons (a depressing topic to be sure, but one we need to think about), study and learn the Spanish phrases in the text, take a test (prepared by me) on the novel, and write a five-page research paper on the novel. Should be a busy two weeks. But they’re gifted, and they can do it. More on this great novel later.