Monthly Archives: June 2010

Writing about writing about nothing

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

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Bousquet, “deplorable”

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

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Anti-memoir

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

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Writing and the body

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

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