"Lit Bits & Culture Capture" Blog Posts

From Montaigne to E.B. White, Some Sound Advice on Writing the Personal Essay

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Teaching composition or expository writing in high school is an enduring challenge, perhaps even more so today, when the rapid-fire exchange of Tweets among students can lie at the hub of daily communication before, during, and after class. Nuanced thought, however, requires a greater gestation period than the nearly instant gratification made possible on Twitter.Read More »

Frankenreads: A Global Project to Read “Frankenstein” Aloud on Halloween Day, 2018

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Imagine: students seated in a circle, books in hand, while one intones the famous passage in which Victor Frankenstein meets his creation:Read More »

Some Preliminary Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry

Natasha Trethewey during the Witter Bynner Fellowships Awards Ceremony
“Poetry is a very large house, and there are many kinds of poetry.”—Sam Hamill, poet, translator, former publisher, and cofounder of Copper Canyon PressRead More »

Celebrating the Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week: Sep 24–30, 2017

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“Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous—they contain ideas.” —Pete HautmanRead More »

The Blue Humanities

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“There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath . . . for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness . . . ” —Herman Melville, Moby-DickRead More »