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: August 2010
In an earlier post (7/15/2010) I offered Sarah Vowell as a model of the sort of writer I’d like students to become. Let me suggest another exemplar: Barbara Ehrenreich. I’ve read seven or eight of Ehrenreich’s books—and one of my … Continue reading
I’ve finished Tony Scott’s Dangerous Writing (2009), which is a polemical critique of what he sees as the bureaucratic culture of composition studies. He argues that the “social turn” that composition has taken since the 1990s has defined the social … Continue reading
I recently reread Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which I’m assigning in my Creative Nonfiction course this fall. I decided to revisit Lamott because it seemed to me a few months ago that everyone I talked to who wasn’t a … Continue reading