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War Bloggies: Round One

I just finished grading the first round of war blogs from my 384 class. Some common themes emerged from the blogs: the impact of war on family life; the mental anguish of the soldier; the biased perspective of western media; and the passing of the torch from one generation of warriors to the next. I’m […]


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Bright Ideas Registration Now Open

I am pleased to announce that online registration for the 2009 Bright Ideas Conference is now open. This year’s conference features award-winning young adult author Donna Jo Napoli and a huge selection of breakout sessions on everything from hip-hop to grammar to Shakespeare. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registering for the conference is […]

Courses, News

One More Reason to Use Ning: No Porn Allowed

As I have written here before, I am a big fan of the social networking site Ning, which allows anyone to create a social network. Over the past two years, I have created four or five Nings, including the Teach English Network, the Shakespeare Connects Conference site, a Vampire Literature Ning for one of my […]


The Ghosts May Laugh

Tomorrow in class, we’ll be looking at “The Ghosts May Laugh” by Stuart D. Lee. Lee, a professor of English at Oxford, is also the project director of The First World War Poetry Archive, an amazingly rich resource of manuscripts, video, audio, and more. My only regret is just discovering this archive. Still, you may […]


Arms and the Boy

Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade How cold steel is, and keen with hunger of blood; Blue with all malice, like a madman’s flash; And thinly drawn with famishing for flesh. Lend him to stroke these blind, blunt bullet-leads Which long to nuzzle in the hearts of lads, Or give him cartridges of fine […]


More Dispatches from Remix Culture

It’s a little early: Aidan woke up at 5:30 and wanted to play “Diego” video games. So, I’ve been catching up on Google Reader for the last hour or so. I found a couple of articles that initially seem unrelated, but are in fact part of a larger meme: remixing culture. The first struck me […]

Courses, News

A Few Words on the Inaugural Address

On Inauguration Day, my Literary Responses to War class looked at Obama’s address and found examples of parallelism–the repetition of syntactical structures, typically used for a grand or elevated rhetorical effect. Like most ceremonial political speeches, it was loaded with parallelism, though the structures were more deeply embedded and less obvious than some political speeches. […]

Courses, News

New Google Reader Tutorial and Features

I haven’t been paying attention to some of the recent changes in Google Reader. To me, Google Reader is much like email: I use it very frequently but don’t really notice when small features change. Quite a few things have been added over the recent months–most recently, a new tutorial that, well, is just a […]

Courses, News

Turn Many Links into One with Sqworl

I often have to point to multiple links in a single class period. Sometimes, I use social bookmarking to accomplish this, though the site is a little ugly and doesn’t offer visual previews or thumbnails of the sites you are linking. I sometimes list them on this blog, though that involves a little bit […]

Courses, Web 2.0

War Blogs Are In

Students in my English 384 course (Literary Responses to War and Peace) are keeping blogs this semester, using a feed reader to collect articles about a current conflict (Gaza, Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan) and relate that conflict to the course readings. Here is the list of blogs so far: Add course bundle. Created using RSSmix. Aaron […]


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