Textbooks for Fall 2011

Students are starting to contact me asking about books. I will have the course websites up in a week or two, but for now, here are the textbooks. LA101 “Seminar in Thinking and Writing” From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader, Second Edition (ISBN 978-0-312-60141-6) The SF Writer, Fifth Edition (ISBN 978-0-205-75197-6) EL200 “Media Lab” Some version of theĀ AP Stylebook. Your choices include AP Stylebook 2011 iPhone App…

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Citing NPR’s Hourly News Summary in MLA Style

The 7th edition of the MLA Handbook includes this example: “Hourly News Summary.” National Public Radio. Natl. Public Radio, 20 July 2007. Web. 20 July 2007. In general, I agree with the 7th edition’s position that URLs are not all that useful in Works Cited lists, since people tend to search rather than type URLs. Nevertheless, you would think that, because an hourly news summary changes every hour, that the…

The 1982 Tron Holiday Special

Sides: split. Gut: busted. Milk droplets: transferred to computer screen via nasal passages. The 1982 Tron Holiday Special from Rip Taylor via The 1982 Tron Holiday Special from Rip Taylor, Scott Gairdner, Ryan Perez, PerryAdamSmith, Nick Mundy, Funny Or Die, dannyjelinek, BoTown Sound, and James Codeglia.

Words you choose can speak volumes – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

We want to impress, so we say “utilize” instead of “use” or “orientate” instead of “orient.” We mispronounce, so we say, “nuke-u-lar” instead of “nuclear.” We make up a word, such as “notary republic,” instead of “notary public.” These nuances can be charming, irritating or, if we are fortunate, unnoticeable. But they can be costly in our careers and our businesses. What are your words costing you? A customer? Respect…