Category: Education

Between Classes

On my way to the next one to give an exam, but thought it fun to note here that my basic writing students informed me this very morning that Condoleezza Rice is a lesbian. She owned a house with Randy Bean! This kind of evidence is akin to that citing weapons in Iraq: proof positive!@!…

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What Would Jesus Drive?

This semester, I’ve shown the films, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” (trailer above) and “An Inconvenient Truth” (good curriculum materials on that site too) to several sections of my basic writing classes. Shockingly while Generation Y cares about the environment and wants to take better measures than their predecessors did to protect it, most of…

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I Lied

“By helping us understand how fear is being actively cultivated and manipulated by the current administration, Hijacking Catastrophe stands to become an explosive and empowering information weapon in this decisive year in U.S. history.” Naomi Klein | Author, No Logo “The Media Education Foundation has been carrying out vitally important work on major issues of…

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Women of the Web!

Interviews with Female Editors Deborah Ager Daniela Gioseffi C.M. Mayo Amanda Johnston Jean Emerson Maria Mazziotti Gillan Danielle Pafunda Lori Jareo Janet Holmes PJ Nights Jenni Russell Shanna Compton Elizabeth Treadwell Arielle Greenberg Carmen Gimenez Smith Elisavietta Ritchie Jen Tynes Carly Sachs Karren LaLonde Alenier Anny Ballardini Juliet Cook Kaya Oakes Anne Boyer Kristy Bowen…

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MTV’s Poet Laureate

MtvU, the subsidiary of MTV Networks that is broadcast only on college campuses, will announce Monday that it has selected its first poet laureate. No, he doesn’t rap. And it’s not Bob Dylan, or even Justin Timberlake. It is John Ashbery, the prolific 80-year-old poet and frequent award winner known for his dense, postmodern style…

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Analysis 101

Many of my students are required to watch the above youtube video, “A Girl Like Me”, among numerous others, as part of their supplemental assignments in my courses. Basically, I try to get them to begin analyzing by using the mediums they are most accustomed to, which include youtube and showing dvds of popular media…

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This Is Not An Indictment

For a few years now, I’ve used the 30-minute version of Maggie Hadleigh-West’s film, “War Zone“, in my basic writing course (excerpt above). I also used to work in Manhattan for about five years, and often found myself with a female co-worker navigating our lunchtime walks around construction sites or generally wherever men are known…

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The Great American Love Story

After Thirty Years … As the day of Independence draws near, I realize it’s high time to look closely at a truly egalitarian relationship that is symbiotic, nurturing, and successful in the face of the great American obstacles regularly and historically hurdled by Ernest & Louie Clay-Crew. The story these two share touches on the…

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I Don’t Have Kids

And it doesn’t look like I’m going to have them anytime soon. I can live for me, me, me, which means I can consume, consume, consume! Maybe I’ve got a good fifty years left on this planet, so should I be concerned with the condition I leave it in when I’m stardust? I’m not leaving…

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How To Tell A Masterpiece

Not long ago while viewing the Société Anonyme: Modernism for America show at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Ron Padgett stood before a painting and said something favorable, which in turn prompted me to ask, “What makes this a good painting?” Now mind you, I was asking a man who has viewed thousands of…

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Bouts-Rimés

If you are my student, then you now know the weekend assignment will be to write a poem in the Bouts-Rimés form. You will also know that this idea struck me when I was flipping through the aforementioned Court Green donated issues. If you are not my student, you may want to explore the form…

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Mr. Rogers for Adults

Unfortunately, the video is gone, but this old news is worth noting: What Will You Do With the Mad in You? ~~~~~ We’re off school for the week. A friend left his better-car-than-mine for me to take on road trips upstate & escape the city, but instead, I find myself thinking about things at home.…

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How to Become a Happy Mind

Evie Shockely — a half-red sea I would like to write something about both of these two books I just received (one as recent as last night) but am out the door in less than a minute. Instead, I thought I’d provide a little sampling to whet your lovely appetites for the stuff that moves…

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Really? Really, Really?

Daryl Hannah and Her Biodiesel El Camino (w/silly intro) Someone on the LUCIPO listserv challenged my idealistic notion today of exploring biodiesel fuels by claiming it’s akin to converting to a biodiesel car and installing a solar panel on my house, which in turn, is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Nice metaphor…

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A Little Credit

Let’s face it: actors don’t have to do doo-doo. I mean, they have to pose and supply our pop-culture-hungry minds with enough visual fodder & personal drama to destroy small forests for Hollywood rags, and they act on occasion — but there’s no contractual agreement that requires them to also be socially-conscious citizens who will…

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Graduation Day Adjustments

Caution: the following excerpts do not do justice to the scope and magnitude of David Foster Wallace’s very practical advice to liberal arts graduates and the rest of us. Please feel free to click on the link and read his proposition in its entirety: Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to…

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Kinks and Links

“She always says that americans can understand spaniards. That they are the only two western nations that can realise abstraction. That in americans it expresses itself by disembodiedness, in literature and machinery, in Spain by ritual so abstract that it does not connect itself with anything but ritual. … Americans, so Gertrude Stein says, are…

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Revisiting Chan (Shôn)

Either this video for “Living Proof” is a transparent attempt to garner attention or it’s one slick & clever commentary on the order of the day via “cross country” play. Chan Marshall runs in latex red carrying a Jesus ornament, against her opponents, who appear to be spin-offs of Muslim women. Who will win? Choose…

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The New Titillation?

I bet there are prettier photos of Brooklyn today covered in snow, but here is a view from my window. I took the dog out, but she wasn’t standing for it. She quite quickly completed her morning duties and then waited to be carried in again. But that’s not why I’ve returned this morning, gentle…

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Friday Night Feast

I found a poem today and was flattered because I think it’s for me. Clio and her musical karate team — how strange and fun. This line reminds me of a mill in Georgia I used to fish near with my grandfather when I was younger, “Now we sit in a mill & I draw…

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