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Ten Diverse Books

10 Books That Celebrate Diversity

“The book industry is focusing more on diverse voices and stories: a reflection of the real demographic of the United States, allowing all to find their stories reflected in books. Children’s publishers across the industry have put an emphasis on finding diverse authors and stories, and I believe adult publishers are accelerating their efforts as well. All voices should be represented …

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Make America Read Again (3)

Make America Read Again: Take the Factory Model Out of Education 📚

“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” ~Albert Camus In a 2009 interview with Reuters Magazine, Kanye West says, “I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life,” which he ironically shares while on a tour promoting his own …

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Greg Ulmer on Developing Your Singularity Instead of Your Self 🧩

“The individual’s biography, if she is to maintain regular interaction with others in the day-to-day world, cannot be wholly fictive. It must continually integrate events which occur in the external world, and sort them into the ongoing ‘story’ about the self… Feelings of self-identity are both robust and fragile.” Gregory L. Ulmer Gilles Deleuze and …

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The Himalayas of Literature

Himalayas of Literature: From Wallace to Joyce

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.” –Reinhold Messner Himalayas of Literature is one of Book Oblivion’s newest ongoing course series. Participants reside all over the world and read through some of the most intense literature on the planet. Stephen L. Russell is our guide and chooses …

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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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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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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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