Category: Education

Here Be Dragons

A photo of James Baldwin graces the cover of Poets & Writers this month. Coincidentally enough, I was just revisiting his book of essays that I read as an undergrad, The Price of the Ticket. What an excellent book & man. Here’s an excerpt from an essay, “Here Be Dragons,” that seems fitting for today:…

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I Think I Need Shocks

This is the “Definition Essay” example I usually pass out to my ENG101 students. It’s from OWL, I believe, and is a fairly decent student sample. American Patriots: Soldiers, Citizens, Voters The United States is presently at war in Iraq and Afghanistan where American troops are fighting and dying. At home, cars and homes display…

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In Case We Forgot …

The U.S. entered Iraq with bombs ablaze on March 18, 2003 — nearly five years ago. Many Iraqi citizens, living their lives much like we do, were killed in the middle of the night, and for months to come. Until that night, America was at peace with Iraq, and neither country had attacked the other.…

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Cheesy Good

Out of shape? Tennis shoes growing cobwebs? Mine too. So I went to Modell’s to buy a trampoline to do some indoor jogging and picked up an “Urban Rebounder” for what I thought was going to be about a hundred bucks. I walked out with the thing for fifty bucks total (the sale/markdown wasn’t even…

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The Nail on the Head

~~~ Speaking of heads and being right on, Katha Pollitt responds to the recent Washington Post article by Charlotte Allen in her own article, “Dumb and Dumber: An Essay and Its Editors — The question is not why Charlotte Allen wrote her silly piece–it’s why The Post published it.” Why do people still buy into…

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Poetry, Politics, & the Planet

Jay Silverheels, best known for his role as Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” was also a boxer and lacrosse player and even held a position on Canada’s National Lacrosse Team. He also founded the Indian Actors Workshop in Echo Park, California, which no longer seems to exist. The number of Native American actors seems quite…

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