I’ve read all four Twilight books. Would have checked out Midnight Sun, a retelling of the first novel from Edward’s perspective, but a copy was leaked online and Meyers never ended up releasing it. My plan is to read a minimum of 52 books this year, and my hope is that 50 Shades of Grey makes it onto that list somewhere.
No, I’m not a middle-aged suburban mom who’s been catfishing you all these past two to three years. All of that was just a little background to set up today’s topic, which is our right to write about, well, anything. Continue reading
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Tagged books, experience, expert, Harry Potter, Huffington Post, ivory tower, J. K. Rowling, judgement, judging, Lynn Shepherd, movies, never read a word, opinions, review, see for yourself, TV, twilight, write off, writing
It occurs to me that it’s been too long since we actually had an actual “report” here, rather than rabid opinion piece. To that end, we’re going to be examining the state of Arizona’s recent assault on its Mexican-American ethnic studies programs. This story isn’t the freshest (or a full-on report; baby steps, people), but with relatively new developments, and how little attention the story was given in general, it’s worth reviewing.
In spring of 2010, Arizona decided to ban ethnic studies classes in its public schools for grades K-12 (HB [House Bill] 2281). Of course, by “ethnic studies”, the state of Arizona meant “Mexican-American/Chicano” studies, and as Tuscon school board member Michael Hicks clarified:
“Honestly, this law won’t be applied to any other of our [ethnic studies] courses. It was strictly written for one course, which is the Mexican-American studies program.”
-Interview with The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal, 04/02/12 Continue reading
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As I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, I’m back in school, so I feel like it’s my duty to share some awesome learning with you. After the piracy debate broke out between Evan and Gordon a little while back I settled on the perfect topic: how piracy saved American literature. Or, as we have been learning in my Canadian Literature class, how British Imperialism screwed over early Canadian writers. Quick, name 5 great Canadian writers! If you are anything like me you probably weren’t able to think up more than one or two. There are a lot more than that, by the way, you just have to look a little harder… and not necessarily in Canada.
To my everlasting shame as a Canadian, Margaret Atwood was actually the only author I could think of when asked this question.
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Tagged Alice Munro, American Revolution, books, Britain, Canada, Canadian Loyalists, Colonies, Colony, Common Wealth, England, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, literature, Margaret Atwood, Nobel Prize for Literature, piracy, Piracy of British Books, plageurism, Poe, Post-Colonial, Royalties, Sara Jeannette Duncan, Steinbeck, The Clockmaker, Twain, writing