Category Archives: books

Navigating the space between child and adult

As a way to discuss our way through All Quiet on the Western Front, I have assigned different groups of students to prepare vocabulary, factual questions for a quiz (which each group will grade), and interpretive questions to discuss for each … Continue reading

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Public pooping

In my afternoon class today, we spent about a half an hour talking about pooping and not just pooping privately, but, in fact, pooping with one’s friends. We have just begun All Quiet on the Western Front and in the … Continue reading

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Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles

I came to this book through Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes, which is an excised novel of Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles. Foer explains at the end of his book that he had always wanted to create an excised … Continue reading

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Turkish Marbling

I came across this gorgeous video of the Turkish marbler, Seyit Uygur, which was created by his own son, Oguz Uygur, who is a filmmaker and photographer. The art of marbling itself (ebru in Turkish) is said to have emerged and … Continue reading

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This is Not a Novel by David Markson

Markson’s This is Not a Novel actually is very much a novel but appears as a disconnected collection of quotes, the ways a variety of artists have died, musings, journal type notations, coincidences, gossip, anecdotes, glimpses into the creative life which … Continue reading

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When is a book a book: VIII

Photo by Maria Friberg, Still Lives #3, 2004

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When is a book a book VII: BOOK

(from Popular Libros) BOOK: TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade-named BOOK. BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on.  It’s so easy to use, … Continue reading

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