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Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012

Rethinking the Literature Classroom

1SBC-our4th-yr_classroom_circa821Jeff Hudson in Full Stop:

Here is something I know: I feel better when I read — not just good, but better. Anxieties are assuaged, burdens lightened, relationships enriched. I feel part of something hopeful, a connection to the writer, the characters, other readers. I feel smart, if it is...

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Logo_top_leftWe here at 3QD have been long-time fans of signandsight. Their presence on the web will be missed. Anja Seeliger and Thierry Chervel:

After seven years we are shutting down The site will remain online, but for now no new texts will be posted.

We still believe in the idea...

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Marx at 193

421px-Karl_Marx_001Also in the LRB, John Lanchester:

In trying to think what Marx would have made of the world today, we have to begin by stressing that he was not an empiricist. He didn’t think that you could gain access to the truth by gleaning bits of data from experience, ‘data points’ as scientists...

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In the Zeitgeist, Fact-Checking

Essay_factcheck_iontrap1-383x287Via Zite, there are two pieces on fact-checking this week. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian in The New Inquiry:

Brides magazine has a fact-checker. She does things like verify the cost of honeymoons and makes sure that Vera Wang did, in fact, design that dress, and compares the captions on winter...

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Women: The Libyan Rebellion's Secret Weapon

From Smithsonian:

Libyan-Women-rally-Tripoli-631Inas Fathy’s transformation into a secret agent for the rebels began weeks before the first shots were fired in the Libyan uprising that erupted in February 2011. Inspired by the revolution in neighboring Tunisia, she clandestinely distributed anti-Qaddafi leaflets in Souq...

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How to Write Like a Scientist

From Science:

ScientistScetch081005_originalI didn’t know whether to take my Ph.D. adviser’s remark as a compliment. “You don’t write like a scientist,” he said, handing me back the progress report for a grant that I had written for him. In my dream world, tears would have come to his eyes, and he would have...

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collecting America’s other language

The scene is a mysterious one, beguiling, thrilling, and, if you didn’t know better, perhaps even a bit menacing. According to the time-enhanced version of the story, it opens on an afternoon in the late fall of 1965, when without warning, a number of identical dark-green vans suddenly...

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How should I live my life?

So what does it mean for the country that our cultural common denominator is shrinking? That increasingly Americans have very little experiences through which to understand the lives of our fellow citizens? And why, in the midst of these trends is there general agreement on an issue as...

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proust's mom

There are texts that seem to require a certain craziness of us, a mismeasure of response to match the extravagance of their expression. But can a mismeasure be a match? All we know is that we don’t want to lose or reduce the extravagance but can’t quite fall for it either. An example...

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