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Have You Read "Vernacular Eloquence"?

posted: 5.28.15 by Andrea Lunsford

I don’t know how or why it took me so long to find this book, but once I did, I read it straight through (even though it’s nearly 450 pages long). It’s Peter Elbow’s latest work, and surely some of the best work he has done in his long and brilliant career. Check it out!

As you no doubt know, Elbow published Writing without Teachers way back in 1973, making a case for allowing students to write freely as a way to find their voice. He is an ardent and eloquent proponent of freewriting (a term coined by the late Ken Macrorie), and this latest book (published, like Writing without Teachers, by Oxford UP) carries on this tradition, but now with a decided twist. The subtitle of the book is “What Speech Can Bring to Writing,” and his answer is summed up in two words: “a LOT.” [read more]

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A writing assignment—in tiny steps?

posted: 2.5.15 by Andrea Lunsford

Flying across the country a few weeks ago, I read Diogo Mainardi’s The Fall: A Father’s Memoir in 424 Steps (you can hear an interview with the author here). It’s a slim book—166 pages—so I had time to read it twice through, which I did with pleasure and gratitude. While the story of Mainardi’s son Tito’s botched birth in a Venice hospital, which left him with cerebral palsy, is gripping from first to last, what fascinated me most about the book was its structure: it is divided into 424 brief passages, some as short as a four-word sentence (“Tito has cerebral palsy,” which opens the book), others as long as half a page. [read more]

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It's Complicated!

posted: 10.9.14 by Andrea Lunsford

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens is the latest work of danah boyd, who has been working on issues related to young people and technology since her graduate school days: she is now a Research Assistant Professor at NYU as well as Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.  She blogs at Apophenia—I just read her recent thoughtful posting on the relationship between technologies and sex trafficking—and you can follow her on Twitter (of course!). [read more]

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