Monthly Archives: June 2014

Book Club: “Engaged Writers, Dynamic Disciplines,” Thaiss and Zawacki

I enjoyed this book a lot even though I read it at a slant to its intended intervention, which deals with “alternative discourse,” that is, ways of writing in the academy that resist or challenge discursive conventions. It’s a reassuring … Continue reading

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Summer reading

I do my difficult, weighty, thinky reading in the summer. During the term it’s all paranormal thriller/romance novels and middle grade books. When classes finally ended I dove into a deeply, precisely historical novel about the early years of the … Continue reading

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Dispatches from IWAC 2014: Minnesota Nice

The moment when I really understood Minnesota came at the airport on the way home. There had been a storm with high winds, the airport had been closed for two hours, planes had been diverted, flights delayed. Groups of matching-tshirt … Continue reading

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Dispatches from IWAC 2014

A panel talk, in challenge to common uses of the term “transfer” (as in “teaching for transfer”), with a confiding, slightly incredulous tone: “I don’t think any knowledge has ever been…”transferred” from one place to another completely unchanged.” Meanwhile, my … Continue reading

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Prioritizing the summer

I like to divide a sheet of paper in quarters and fill it up with projects: class work, career work, other writing/project work, life maintenance work. Usually it helps me balance the four quadrants, and it helps me see when … Continue reading

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“What is this shit?”

This weekend (Friday and Saturday) I went to the Summer Institute put on by a local association of teachers of writing–of all different kinds, composition, creative writing, high school, college. It was excellent. Here, a slightly expanded version of what … Continue reading

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