Go Beyond Laughter | Exploring The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting | Go Beyond Laughter

Beyond Laughter in Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Today we explore what it means to “go beyond laughter” as Kundera writes in the last section of the book. Warning: we ask more questions than we answer. The narrative called Border might be the most intriguing part of the book, which might be …

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How to Reclaim Conversation with 21st Century Friendships

Reclaim Conversation With Books in Your 21st Century Friendships

A few years ago, I read a book called Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle. I teach an excerpt from this book in my English Composition course during our visual rhetoric unit. Students tend to identify with the truths Turkle articulates in this text. Some …

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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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Book Oblivion

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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