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Monthly Archives: October 2009
Milton Friesen  |  October 30, 2009  |  Vocation

  The way that most people use the phrase “the real world” represents a handful of problems. First, a full bouquet of condescension is nearly always present when it is used. College and university students hear it a lot, being reminded of how naive they are and how much tougher things will be in the real world when they get out there. I remember hearing … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  October 26, 2009  |  Education

My first semester of teaching writing has had its surprises—mostly good ones. I like my students. They are an intelligent, engaged bunch, and they write pretty interesting essays (which makes the one who has to grade them each weekend happy). One of the greatest surprises has been how often I bump up against the elasticity of the English language. On Friday, I gave the second … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  October 19, 2009  |  Literature

Is the Man of Letters a dying breed? As several have pointed out recently, book reviewing is a dying art. Newspapers are shutting down book sections (notably, on this side of the border, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times). Precious few can make a living as a book critic. Lamenters look toward a heyday in literary criticism as a kind of golden age. … MORE »