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Procrastination

You know it’s there, the blank pages, the empty file, the word document with the flashing cursor, like lighting waiting to smote the word-smitten, who procrastinate more than they wait, more than they word. But it’s not a blank page; it’s not an empty file. It’s the abscess of absence in the presence of the […]

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Technology and the “democratization” of information

So technology. Well, I came of age when technology for me was the typewriter. I got my first typewriter as a graduation present from my father. I desperately wanted an electric one, which was a relatively new technology back then, but of course, he handed me a beautifully designed manual. He argued that the action […]

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Interview with Patricia McCormick

In honor of her birthday, May 23, this interview highlights the work of award-winning American author and Journalist, Patricia McCormick. McCormick is known for her young adult novels CUT, Purple Heart, and Never Fall Down. Her work covers a variety of controversial topics in a way that is made accessible to adolescent readers.   Q: […]

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Interview with Pat Barker, author of the Regeneration Trilogy

AM: Your Regeneration Trilogy consists of three novels about World War I. Were you always interested in the topic and, if so, what was the first book that you read on the subject? PB: Yes, I have always been passionate about World War I; oddly, it was the poetry that first moved me—Wilfred Owen, Siegfried […]

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On Community, Resolve, Distraction, and the Internet

I was born in 1993 to a loveable Luddite of a father; I was born at a time in which technology was rapidly growing and developing, and to a father who struggled to record the stock ticker on VHS tapes and who believed that the Internet was a phase that would pass. However, even before […]

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Tech Talk: The New Age of Writing

Writing is all about communication. The desire to form a connection between the topic and the writer, or the writer and the audience is always prevalent, even if the writer is not aware of it. Over the years, writing has evolved into a complex and fascinating art form that has benefited from advancements in fields […]

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The Effects of Technology on Reading and Writing

My credentials are progressive—in 1952, I stood in line all night to meet presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson in an auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts—so I am surprised to find myself a Luddite, one of those nineteenth century people who opposed industrialization and, by extension, any new technology. Of course, I am exaggerating: I embrace the […]

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“Sometimes it Snows in April”

Lately, I spend most of my free time in my den, looking up at the trees in my backyard and those just beyond it. I wouldn’t describe myself as a nature lover. Sure, I lived on a mountain for half a decade, away from the maddening crowds of humans, but not far away, and it […]

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The Many, Many Layers of Code-Switching

Code-switching is understood as a characteristic of developing multilinguals in any level of language learning. In the broadest sense, it is defined as using linguistic elements of two languages – L1, the native language, and L2, the second – in one utterance. You may have witnessed a bilingual friend use a word or phrase in […]

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On Code-Switching and Teaching Hamlet

Traditionally, I think we tend to associate code-switching with the phenomenon of people from certain smaller cultures or niches in our larger society altering their use of language to communicate more effectively with the people around them, who are speaking the more common version of the language in question or another, “more commonly used” language […]

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