Why Write A Novel?


Originally posted on The Dish:

The Spanish novelist Javier Marías sees seven reasons not to bother and only one to give it a shot:

Writing novels allows the novelist to spend much of his time in a fictional world, which is really the only or at least the most bearable place to be. This means that he can live in the realm of what might have been and never was, and therefore in the land of what is still possible, of what will always be about to happen, what has not yet been dismissed as having happened already or because everyone knows it will never happen. The so-called realistic novelist, who, when he writes, remains firmly installed in the real world, has confused his role with that of the historian or journalist or documentary-maker. The real novelist does not reflect reality, but unreality, if we take that to mean not the unlikely or the fantastical…

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The politics of facebook


Originally posted on Mark Carrigan:

This post by Zeynep Tufekci on her Medium site is the best thing I’ve read yet about the recent facebook controversy.

I’m struck by how this kind of power can be seen as no big deal. Large corporations exist to sell us things, and to impose their interests, and I don’t understand why we as the research/academic community should just think that’s totally fine, or resign to it as “the world we live in”. That is the key strength of independent academia: we can speak up in spite of corporate or government interests.

To me, this resignation to online corporate power is a troubling attitude because these large corporations (and governments and political campaigns) now have new tools and stealth methods to quietly model our personality, our vulnerabilities, identify our networks, and effectively nudge and shape our ideas, desires and dreams. These tools are new, this power is new and…

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Las esculturas de Celia Zusman

Las esculturas de Celia Zusman

Originally posted on The Cuban Art Project:

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Celia Zusman modela sus esculturas de una forma muy singular; intentando hacer su esculpido de forma no convencional. Sus estudios académicos de escultura la enseñaron a modelar en arcilla y yeso y así mismo, todo su aprendizaje la ha llevado a lograr de forma excelente sus acabados en bronce. Cualquier espectador puede ver claramente el proceso fascinante de su trabajo escultórico, asi como la artista conoce los límites de la materia, revelando el carácter original del bloque y una superficie sublime de lo maravilloso del bronce. Celia incorpora algunas influencias de maestros de la historia del arte, principalmente, Brancusi, pionero del modernismo y del minimalismo en la escultura contemporánea.

Las obras de Zusman están construidas en un estilo orgánico, de sensualidad femenina con una finalidad simbólica encantadora, que orienta al espectador a encontrar su visión artística e identidad ancestral. Aprovechando la belleza y la espiritualidad del ser…

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Books – them selfish creatures #rhizo14



I was working with Sam Armistead (this post would have enchanted him) on oral traditions (Spanish) right around the same time that I was also becoming involved (connected?) with the internet. Both worlds, so far apart in time and technology, never felt incompatible. I often find myself understanding/explaining networks in terms of oral traditions. This fits so well…another point of Sam’s was that print and oral went back and forth, fed each other.

Originally posted on Little did I know...:

Indian Headdress

Indian Headdress by John Dalkin (C) all rights reserved

Beauty is in the mind and soul of the bereader
Although reading a book might be a different experience every time you read it, it is still an alone experience. The different perceptions and insights we might have when reading the same book at different points in time are conjured up by the reader’s subjectivity, the fact that we are ever-changing creatures – inside and out. It is, nonetheless, an alone process. We could compare the experience to that of listening to a song being played in a very small room, and the sensory experiences that will ensue, and then playing that same song in a very large room, with entirely different acoustics. The sensory experience will certainly be a different one. The same music resonates differently in each scenario. Therefore, it could be said that it is the…

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Allies, Friends, and the Value of Utopian Visions

Allies, Friends, and the Value of Utopian Visions

Originally posted on tressiemc:

I am fortunate to claim economist Sandy Darity as a friend and mentor. I asked him once, after a barn burner of an academic lecture on reparations, why in God’s name would he go all in on something that doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of ever happening. “That’s what they once said about abolishing slavery,” he said.

I shut up.

And, I got to thinking.

For about six years now, I’ve been thinking about what it means to go all in on the improbable.

Ta-Nehisi Coates reintroduced the subject of reparations to public debate recently. I’m no Coates or Darity but I’ve been around just long enough to know how these debates are often truncated and misconstrued by the well-meaning and nefarious alike. I saw it happening in the responses. I jotted off a thing about how education is the exact wrong prescription for cumulative denial and violent…

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Blogging Counts!


Originally posted on Conditionally Accepted:

May I rehash the “should I blog or not?” debate for just a brief moment?  In the days that I have been too busy to directly connect with the community outside of my university — last year, dissertating while on the job market, and now as an overwhelmed new professor — I have settled for using social media to make academic scholarship accessible and to make a difference in generalNo matter the risks, blogging can have some impact, hopefully in others’ lives, but academic bloggers, too, may find that these “extracurricular activities” count for something (including research).

Since I started Conditionally Accepted last July, I have received the following invitations to speak, present, or write:

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning


Originally posted on User Generated Education:

The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0.  I discussed this in Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0.

Many educators are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post compares the developments of the Internet-Web to those of education.  The Internet has become an integral thread of the tapestries of most societies throughout the globe.  The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being; and people influence the development and content of the web.  The Internet of today has become a huge picture window and portal into human perceptions, thinking, and behavior. …

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Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time


Here goes. I’m doing this. Wish me luck or at least just being able to remember earlier than this on Tuesdays

Originally posted on TWO WRITING TEACHERS:

WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLSC bloggers.

Yesterday was the last day of the March SOLSC, but we are back already for the Tuesday SOL! Can you believe it? The month of March went by so fast and writing everyday fueled many of us with a fresh writerly life. I hope you will join us every Tuesday here at TWT for Slice of Life to keep the community alive and keep yourself writing. The rules are the same. Write your slice on your own blog, link it here at TWT on Tuesday’s and comment on at least three other slicers!

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”  Leonard Cohen

April is National Poetry Month. Check out Anna’s post from yesterday to see some ideas. I hope you will carve out a moment at least once this month to share a poem. There are so many ways…

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Neil Postman – Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection


Originally posted on Critical Thinking Snippets:

Neil Postman’s classic essay Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection. Contains a handy taxonomy of forms of bullshit, and some useful “laws” such as: Almost nothing is about what you think it is about–including you.”

I’ve copied it here in this post just to help ensure it remains easily available on the web.

“Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection”

by Neil Postman

(Delivered at the National Convention for the Teachers of English [NCTE], November 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.)

With a title like this, I think I ought to dispense with the rhetorical amenities and come straight to the point. For those of you who do not know, it may be worth saying that the phrase, “crap-detecting,” originated with Ernest Hemingway who when asked if there were one quality needed, above all others, to be a good writer, replied, “Yes, a built-in, shock-proof, crap detector.”

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Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow.



language use, writing, computers and the internet — this post is SO CWL or PWP, not to mention other social media destinations. I’ll start here thanks to WP’s Reblog feature — low hanging fruit and all that. Thanks +Ian O’Byne and #TechCrunch

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Let’s talk about doge, but first let’s talk about the late great David Foster Wallace, who 13 years ago wrote a classic essay about modern English* entitled “Tense Present,” which, realistically, is better than anything I will ever write, so I should maybe just point you to it and end this post here.

But I won’t. Not least because I strongly suspect that if DFW had not taken his own life five years ago, he would already have updated “Tense Present” for the modern era. He almost would have had to.

It is instructive that his essay includes the phrase You don’t (despite withering cultural pressure), have to use a computer, but you can’t escape language. That may have been true, just, in 2001, but it is not true today. You cannot escape computers any more — and that fact has affected language in a…

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