Hearing the term “critical reading” provokes my composition students to lemon-pucker grimace and nervously shift in their seats as if a monster had suddenly appeared. They often gasp at the prospects of the composition course’s planned future critical reading unit. They identify with theorist Jacques Derrida’s notion that “the future is necessarily monstrous: the figure […]
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Identification Letâ€™s say, for the sake of discussion, that you weigh yourself against the wall, that what bears most of you is your left shoulder. And youâ€™re heavy, relative to the point of contact, but not so much that you slide, though your skin is slick, the air rich with steam. No, you remain standing, […]
there is a view. it is paid for. it is passe. it is just there. it is nice to have. it is not going anywhere. it is behind the curtains. A man pulls the curtain back and his startled black eyes turn white– sunlight enervated behind clouds. It is almost unbearable to him. But the […]
â€œâ€¦he contrived a primitive clepsydra, or water clock, out of a glass demijohn in the bottom of which he pierced a very small hole through which the water escaped, drop by drop, into a brass bowl beneath it.Â Â By trial and error he found the precise amount of water needed for it to empty itself in […]
For those students who have no idea what an argument is, why they should learn to write an argument, or how to go about writing an argument, they can find the answers to all of these questions inÂ Good Reasons.Â Â While this book is geared for the novice argument writer, the text still has enough information to […]
The California State Universityâ€™s Executive Order 665, mandating all first-year students to complete their remedial or developmental course work in math and writing by the end of their first year or risk â€œdisenrollment,â€ took effect in Fall 1998, a year before I arrived at San Diego State University as the new chair of Rhetoric and […]
A silence unhampered by wind. Birds hovering at the feeder. You do not move, are afraid to move. Everything has converged to form a teetering balance. If you move, or even breathe, the birds fly away, the branches stir as if shaken by a current of air. So you don’t move. The birds eat at […]