Reading the World

Archives for June, 2012

Example of Blog Post: Independent Reading

I have a stack of books I want to read this summer (everything from science fiction to poetry to economics text), but the first one that I’m digging into is Griftopia, by Matt Taibbi. I love the subtitle for the book: “a story of bankers, politicians, and the most audacious power grab in history.” I’ve only […]

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Example of Blog Post: Fitzgerald’s sentences

I’ve been thinking about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s sentences, and how they force you to slow down as a reader. Maybe you can understand the action or plot by reading quickly (though sometimes this isn’t the case), but you certainly can’t understand the larger meaning he is exploring. Take this sentence for instance, on the first […]

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Example of Blog Post: Bradbury’s metaphors

From the opening pages of Bradbury’s novel, it is clear to the reader that metaphors and similes will be essential in understanding the story. The creation of vivid imagery (both literal and figurative imagery) is a key tool that Bradbury uses to help us experience his fictional world. On the first page, the hose for Montag’s flame thrower is […]

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Who cares about the transit of Venus?

Yesterday saw the last transit of Venus until 2117 (when I will be 139 years old). While cloudy in Bangkok, many around the world were able to see this rare, wondrous event: my friend Jenny got to see it from the big island Hawai’i before she went out surfing; my brother watched it from the ruins of an […]

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“On Doomsday, I will say aloud,/I came from the world with my heart full of hope”

A beautiful, sobering article by journalist/poet Eliza Griswold about “Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry.”  Griswold visits with members of a secret group of Afghan women who risk the punishment of their fathers, brothers, and husbands to write poems exploring their hopes and desires. When discovered, women have been beaten, and sometimes killed, for writing their […]

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Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and many other novels and short stories, died yesterday at the age of 91. He is regarded as being the father of contemporary science fiction. But I think he describes himself, and the craft of writing, best when he says: “I’m not a science fiction writer. I’m a magician. […]

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