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Mark Edmundson

Mark Edmundson on Becoming the Author’s Advocate, His Attorney for Explication and Defense

“The kind of teaching I part company with, the kind that seems to me most destructive to the freedom of self-making, is the kind that simply applies a standing set of terms to every text that comes to hand. These forms of teaching are a little like bad translation. Every work, alas, is rewritten in …

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Haruki Murakami Short Stories Online

26+ Haruki Murakami Short Stories, Essays, Interviews, and Speeches

I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.” ~Haruki Murakami About the List This list includes more than 26 of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, essays, and …

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Critical Theory and Philosophy

The Best Books for Studying Literary and Critical Theory

“When the critic has said everything in his power about a literary text, he has still said nothing; for the very existence of literature implies that it cannot be replaced by non-literature” Tzvetan Todorov When I was an undergrad, there were two different kinds of English majors. You were either a “lit-head” or a “theory-head.” …

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How to Start a Mind-Blowing Book Club

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” ~Joyce Carol Oates Reading is often an isolating experience. Perhaps that’s what you like about it? If you’re doing it right, your entire being is transported to another world for a few hundred pages. To share …

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7 Habits of an Excellent Teacher - College Teaching Tips

7 Habits of an Excellent Teacher

“The one exclusive sign of knowledge is thorough teaching.” Aristotle These seven teaching habits of an excellent teacher are seven down and dirty tips for teaching college students. They are based on Chickering’s and Gamson’s “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” Whether you’re a college professor or a high school teacher, there are …

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The Best Way to Read Haruki Murakami

The Best Way to Read Haruki Murakami Novels and Stories

“When I open them, most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out between the pages–a special odor of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers.” Haruki Murakami Murakami is one of the most popular and respected contemporary authors still writing. If you are interested …

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