Archive for the ‘Summer reading and writing’ Category

How I discovered a new way to write

I just finished my final essay for my summer class in British Lit. Usually essay writing is a stressful process for me. I wait and wait until the last minute and then stay up all night writing and wondering why I waited so long. This time, I did still wait to get started, but I […]

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Thanks, Wood Man

The summer between high school and college, I worked as a salesman at Payless Shoes in Menlo Park Mall. Espadrille wedges were the must-have footwear for Summer 1996, and they’re reprising that role in 2012. (Fashion is perhaps the only thing more recursive than writing.) It was a minimum wage job made even more ignoble […]

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My summer writing

I kept a travel journal for the first time this summer when I went on a backpacking trip through Europe. I had never left the country before and I had never traveled alone—two things that I didn’t consider to be significant until I was dropped off at the airport. I quickly became terrified. As soon […]

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Reading is free, but time isn’t.

I usually look forward to summer as a time when I can read whatever I want.  That’s actually how I define a vacation: having unlimited time to read whatever I choose, preferably on the beach, but that last part is optional. Unfortunately for me, this summer left me with no time for free reading. That […]

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Thesis, thesis, thesis

As you may have guessed from my blog title, the majority of my summer reading and writing pertained to my master’s thesis on digital literacy and the digital divide.  At the beginning of the summer this project seemed far removed from the breezy type of summer reading/writing one might expect; however, I found it to […]

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From the Shore to Seoul

Although I love exotic places, I spent most of my free time this summer at the Jersey shore, not exactly exotic.  The best advantage of reading on the beach, though, is that even in New Jersey you can be transported half way around the world by getting lost in the pages of a novel. So, […]

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Beyond Bliss

After spending some time reading The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, I was happy to close the cover and move on. After all, happiness, a fickle mistress, is hard to pin down to a single geographic location. Happiness is a personal state of being. And, I bring me with me wherever I happen to […]

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