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Heard any Good Books Lately?

Heard Any Good Books.mp3 (5min, 1MB)When pneumonia wiped me out for about two months in the fall of 2007, for several weeks I could do little more than lie on the futon and worry about the work I was missing.  During the first week or so, when I still imagined it was just the flu and figured I’d be back on my feet soon, I worried about falling behind in…

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Does Reading Literature Prepare Students for the "real world"?

This article from NCTE comes at a good time for me, since I’m scheduled to teach a “Writing about Literature” class in the fall. It’s a PDF (booo!). Of all types of writing, writing about literature may seem the least practical. Who apart from scholars and English majors analyzes poetry after the age of 18? Even book reviewers don’t write the kinds of essays commonly assigned in school. Why do teachers devote so much…