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Game of Groans

posted: 6.13.13 by Jack Solomon

[Editor’s Note: This blog post discusses plot details from the recent “Game of Thrones” episode “The Rains of Castamere.”]

HBO’s highly successful adaptation of the George RR Martin “A Song of Fire and Ice” novels might have been titled “Middle Earth Meets the War of the Roses Meets the Sopranos Meets Quentin Tarantino.”  But I’ll admit that “Game of Thrones” was a much handier choice.

Up till now I’ve had nothing to say about the series beyond the fact that it is another signifier of a continuing medieval revival that began with the enthusiastic embrace of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by the baby boom generation back in the 1960s, and which has been continued not only by the successful filming of those works in the new millennium but by a whole series of “sword and sorcery” entertainments in popular literature, cinema, and video games (indeed, long before there was “World of Warcraft” there was “Dungeons and Dragons,” while Harry Potter himself is a descendant of Tolkien’s reworking of the wizard tradition).  But with the recent broadcasting of “The Rains of Castamere” episode of “Game of Thrones,” an interesting difference has appeared within this system of medieval-themed phenomena, and as I cannot say often enough, it is the differences within a semiotic system that points to cultural significance. [read more]

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Findings? Probably Not for the Classroom

posted: 12.6.11 by Traci Gardner

[Commonplace book], [mid. 17th c.]I really like the idea of the Findings site. Users post quotations from what they are reading (with personal notes, if desired) and collectively build a giant collection of clippings and annotations.

The site immediately felt readerly and familiar to me. It reminded me of my own handwritten journals, filled with quotations and related comments from my readings. These days, those journals are all in a box and I never add to them.

Between carpal tunnel and my digital habits, I never get around to hand-writing quotations in a journal anymore. When I do happen upon a quotation that strikes a chord with me, I just save it to Evernote. If it’s a short enough quotation, I send it out on my Twitter accounts. Very occasionally, I write a short post about it on my blog.

Findings seems like an online alternative where I can gather quotations, add my response, and save them to review later. That the Findings site stirred these feelings in me isn’t surprising. When I looked for more information, I found that the designer, Steven Berlin Johnson, did extensive research on commonplace books for his book Where Good Ideas Come From, which I wrote about last year.

In his post Introducing Findings, Johnson explains how commonplace books inspired his Findings project:

The other thing that would be fascinating would be to open up these personal libraries to the external world. That would be a lovely combination of old-fashioned book-based wisdom, advanced semantic search technology, and the personality-driven filters that we’ve come to enjoy in the blogosphere.

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Peer Revision at Home

posted: 3.13.08 by Barclay Barrios

For first-year students in particular, you might find it effective to have them review at least one peer’s paper at home.  Students still in transition from high school are used to thinking of class work as “busy work” and homework as “important work.”  I combine these two by having them review one or two papers in class but also one at home, emailing comments to the paper’s author.

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