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Book Review: First Grade Readers

First Grade Readers:  Units Of Study To Help Children See Themselves As Meaning Makers, by Stephanie Parsons This is the sort of book that ought to give someone pause when reading it.  A great deal of elementary education involves flattery … Continue reading

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In Laudem Criticis

It can be tough to be a critic.  Publishers and authors alike appreciate positive reviews but do not often deserve them, and writing adverse reviews can lead to a great deal of hostility, including attempts by writers to enlist bullying … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Well-Educated Mind

The Well-Educated Mind:  A Guide To The Classical Education You Never Had, by Susan Wise Bauer I must say that having read the expanded version of this book that it is not quite as good as I remember it being … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puritans At Play

Puritans At Play:  Leisure And Recreation In Colonial New England, by Bruce C. Daniels It is an often-repeated canard that the Puritans were no fun at all and this book does a good job at demonstrating how that is simply … Continue reading

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A Reader’s Workshop

It is very common for people to want to create or attend writer’s workshops, but how many people do the same thing for reading?  There are obviously some asymmetries when it comes to reading and writing, but it should be … Continue reading

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Book Review: 50 Politics Classics

50 Politics Classics:  The Greatest Books Distilled, by Tom Butler-Bowdon At first when I read this book and saw some of the books that were included, I was pretty irritated because they are not classics in the sense of being … Continue reading

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: The All-In-One Audiobook

Most of the time when I discuss giving credit where credit is due, I tend to choose technologies where some credit is due [1].  Some of these technologies, like adapter plugs or flashing yellow turn signals, are technologies that get … Continue reading

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Book Review: Required Reading

Required Reading:  Why Our American Classics Matter Now, by Andrew Delbanco In reading this book I must admit that I have mixed to adverse feelings about a lot of the books that were included as classics.  All of that, of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ex Libris

Ex Libris:  Confessions Of A Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman It is hard to really think of the author of this book as a common reader.  Indeed, the more one reads about this book, when one does not laugh at … Continue reading

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On Why The Serpent Devours Its Own Tail

Why do serpents devour their own tails?  I speak not of literal serpents here, of course, but rather of human beings.  Let us begin with some examples.  Yesterday night I read Ambrose Bierce’s much-feted book The Devil’s Dictionary (review forthcoming) … Continue reading

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