By Joe HarrisI’ve been a writing teacher since 1982. I've set up this blog to reflect on my teaching—and the reading that supports it.
About the title
From the movie that helped so many socially inept teenage boys re-imagine themselves as intellectuals, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
LAUNCELOT: No, no, sweet Concorde! Stay here! I will send help as soon as I have accomplished a daring and heroic rescue in my own particular... (sigh)
CONCORDE: Idiom, sir?
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Monthly Archives: June 2010
Finished reading The Best American Essays 2009, edited by Mary Oliver. I plan to assign it in my Creative Nonfiction course in the fall. I like the idea of using this sort of book as a check against my own … Continue reading
A friend referred me to Marc Bousqet’s article in the tenth anniversary issue of Pedagogy, “The Figure of Writing and the Future of English Studies” (2009). Bousquet argues for centering English studies around writing rather than reading, around the production … Continue reading
Just finished Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, by Ander Munson (2010). It’s a remarkable, virtuosic book—almost entirely focused on Munson himself and yet, as his title argues, resolutely “not a memoir.” Munson is irked by how most memoirists traffic in … Continue reading
Homework for DMAC tonight includes “Digital Mirrors: Multimodal Reflection in the Composition Classroom,” an online essay by Debra Journet, Tabetha Adkins, Chris Alexander, Patrick Corbett, and Ryan Trauman. Their essay explores how the activity of reflection can be shaped, in … Continue reading