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Working on ''Drama as Literature'' Syllabus

Working on ”Drama as Literature” Syllabus (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I’m working on my goals statement for a 200-level “Major Writers and Genres” course. I’m still working it out — the final version will be less chatty and more infused with academicspeak. The primary research method I teach in a survey course is close reading – the extended examination of the particular words, style, and form of a particular literary work, gained…

The Plot Flickers

There may be a coming generation who will know the literary classics only from television’s adaptation of them, but that knowledge is better than no knowledge at all. I’m a novelist, so I’m hardly going to argue against the irreplaceable conditions of prose, the pattern and rhythm and truth of good writing. But literature is also about narrative and morality; if it takes a television show to get some of…

Real vs. media world

Maybe when Joe and Mary Sixpack compare the real world they live in with the consistently troubled, violent, sensationalized world the news media present to them day after day, they notice the obvious discrepancies. A perfect example is crime coverage. If you relied only on newspaper front pages and TV news — as so many older suburbanites unfortunately do — you’d be afraid to go out of the house. –Bill…

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Gemini: Marketers of Brand Name Accessories — About Us

To assure its continued success, Gemini has further increased it’s [sic] exposure to retailers and consumers alike with innovative marketing and a successful brand[-]building strategy. The For Dummies brand was recently added to Gemini’s stable of product lines. With it’s [sic] recognizable brand name, For Dummies compliments [sic] the current Gemini brand profile that includes such strong brand names as Philips, Magnavox, Philips Magnavox, Zenith, and Southwestern Bell Freedom Phone.…

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Dear Card Reader

Dear Card Reader (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Dear Card Reader, Where are you? I’ve been looking everywhere for you. You pick the most inopportune time to disappear, because I have a 1GB SD card to futz around with for the summer. You weren’t under the cushion of the comfy chair, though I did find 13 pens, one marker, one pencil, one lollipop, one bottlecap, and a small ear of corn. (I inherited…

Why Islam is disrespected

The Muslim riots should have been met by outrage and condemnation. From every part of the civilized world should have come denunciations of those who would react to the supposed destruction of a book with brutal threats and the slaughter of 17 innocent people. But the chorus of condemnation was directed not at the killers and the fanatics who incited them, but at Newsweek…. What they [Muslims] need is a…