Category Archives: books

A Restaurant for Books

I am in DC with 125 8th graders. One of our stops was at the Library of Congress. I was explaining to BN that it was a readers library for most people which meant that you ordered the manuscripts you wanted … Continue reading

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Jessica Oreck, documentary filmmaker and animal keeper at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, directed the animations of the etymologies of 26  words, one video for each of the letters of the alphabet. Each video took between 80 … Continue reading

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Bradbury Slam

Yes, once again, it was the Bradbury Slam to end the winter quarter. All the 8th grade students have just finished reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and they were asked to write a short story in the style of Bradbury. … Continue reading

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When is a book a book IX: Felix Feneon

Felix Feneon (1861-1944) was an intriguing figure in turn of the century France. He was an anarchist (arrested once for possibly detonating bombs), a journalist, an art critic (who actually discovered Seurat, coining the word neoimpressionism and championing his art). … Continue reading

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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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