Monthly Archives: February 2010

There Can Only Be Five

Yesterday an MFA student considering a PhD in R/C asked me for a short list of articles to introduce her to R/C. She has been accepted to several strong programs, but is debating between pursuing R/C or Creative Writing Studies. … Continue reading

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Penny Arcade on DRM and Piracy

An outstanding post today over at Penny Arcade dealing with Ubisoft’s most recent measure to combat piracy. Essentially, the game requires you to have constant access to the internet–any break in connectivity, and “poof” you lose all your progress. I … Continue reading

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…clearly the work of some committed philosophizers, right Casey? I’m glad John Quiggin has the rhetorical ability to set the record straight. But, seriously, yeeesh.

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Lanham on Style

Here’s some brief snippets from Richard Lanham’s 1974 Style: An Anti-Textbook. 30 years old, Lanham’s scathing assessment on the academic and public valuing of prose style perhaps rings more true today than at the time of its publication (during the … Continue reading

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First Sentences

My two writing classes today were focused on writing first sentences. I compiled a few resources to provide lens’ for examining all the first sentences they had written the previous week. From an article over at A Tate Publishing Blog, … Continue reading

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Facing Myself

Casey posted a response to my post yesterday to Facebook. I ripped out a rather long reply, but Facebook is having difficulties. So (sorry Casey), I’ll just move the conversation here. Casey responded to yesterday’s post with: Santos: I’ve been … Continue reading

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Maniacal Laughter

I’ve always really liked the title to Davis’ work Breaking Up [at] Totality for its playfulness and visual pun (follow the link to see the cover). Of course, I also enjoy the Gorgian–Cixiousian sentiment of the book: laughing in the … Continue reading

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