Favorite Search Terms:
- poem test compared to bowel movement: I want to think this is a high school student so anxious about a poetry analysis test that they have to use the bathroom for a #2.
- british authors by movement: Even I want to read the blog titled, “British Authors by (bowel) Movement”
- dirty standardized test cartoons: When, WHEN, in what world, would you need to google this? Someone please comment with ideas.
- i hate what you are doing: I just love that people google things like this & then they get my blog.
We Need Hunter S. Thompson Now More Than Ever @ Daily Beast
- Character Math: Bilbo Baggins and Thomas Cromwell @ Book Riot
- Writing the UnAmericans @ The Millions
- Unemployed Professors Website Offers Student Papers Written By Them @ Slate
- The Unkillable (?) Dream of the Great American Novel @ Huff Post
- Valentines Poems By the Editors @ Poetry Foundation
- Critical Linking February 11th @ Book Riot
- 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy @ McSweeney’s
- The New York Comics @ Picture Story Symposium @ The Rumpus
- National Grammar Day is Coming Up | Be Prepared @ National Grammar Day
- Arranging Your Books By Color Is Not a Moral Failure @ Slate
- Kristen Stewart Writes Poetry and Receives Serious Feedback @ Poetry Foundation
- Modern Love Stories That Captivate You @ Kirkus Reviews
- A Dedication to Maxine Kumin @ Ploughshares
- 13 Moments: A Marriage By the Books @ Book Riot
- ‘The Made Up Words Project’ @ Flavorwire
- Picador Book Club Giveaways @ Facebook
- Apple Appeal is Dismissed in Ebook Case @ GalleyCat
- Performing Working Class Poetry @ Poetry Foundation
- Writers Into Saints by Tim Parks @ NY Books
- Missed #3: Jill McCorkle And the Bourbon Hunt @ The Rumpus
- Book Lists for Every Type of Reader @ Book Riot
- Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ Turned Into Google Driving Directions @ Open Culture
- ‘Game Of Thrones’ Action Figures at Barnes and Noble @ Galley Cat
- Used Bookstores: A Life Long Love Affair @ Book Riot
- ‘The Empathy Exams’ @ The Believer
Reading List: February 2014 @ Poetry Foundation
- This is What A Librarian Looks Like @ Slate
- Relive Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Death @ Huff Post
- Groucho Marx & T.S. Eliot Unexpected Penpals @ Open Culture
- Hachette Book Group Revenues Going Up @ Galley Cat
- Can Lord Voldemort Turn People Evil @ The Guardian
- Digital Public Library of America Has a Tumblr @ DPLA
- 3 Books for Wintry Weekends @ Oprah
- Amazon Vs. Book Publishes, By The Numbers @ Forbes
- Stories in Verse @ The Millions
- New Voices in Fiction Sampler @ Kobo
- Folio Prize 2013 @ The Telegraph
- The Poet Iran Executed @ Daily Beast
- Anis Mojgani Has an Old Poem in Rattle @ Rattle
- Read This, Then That: The Luminaries and The Moonstone @ Book Riot
- Marilyn Nelson’s Journey to Poetry @ Poetry Foundation
- Words & Phrases | Remember Learning Specifically From Books @ Book Riot
- 9 Hilarious Insults From Shakespeare @ Huff Post
- 11 Reasons To Date a Bookworm @ Huff Post
- A Sentimental Education @ NY Times
10 Bookish Keep Calm Posters @ Book Riot
- ‘Gay Propoganda’ @ NY Times
- Introducing Flavorwire Author Club @ Flavorwire
- Fiction Podcast: T. C. Boyles Reading @ New Yorker
- Alice Walker Featured in PBS Documentary @ Huff Post
- 10 Beautiful, Psychedelic Endpapers From Vintage Books @ Flavorwire
- Ice-T Recorded A Dungeons and Dragons Audiobook @ Huff Post
- Rebooting Shakespeare @ Book Riot
1. I do not condone Oprah’s book picks in the slightest. I have, maybe once, liked a book that she recommended. However, it has been snowing for 13 hours straight here and is supposed to continue for the next three days, so a wintry book list might just be good.
2. I chose the librarian’s picture with the cat shirt from Slate’s, “This Is What a Librarian Looks Like” article because she looks just like me as a first year teacher (and probably how I still look in my second year) trying to figure out how to dress like a teacher, or in her case, a librarian. I am constantly wearing weird things that are in my own style, with things that “look like” what a teacher should “look like.” For example, shoes covered in cats with a type writer necklace, paired with a black polka dot shirt under an orange wool knit sweater. I already have weird style, but trying to add appropriate teacher wear to that has been interesting. The girl…is wearing a cat sweater. She’s a librarian after my own heart.
3. I make up words ALL THE TIME on this blog. I’m sure people catch me sometimes, or they just scratch their heads like “Is that a word?” I totally encourage this ‘Made Up Word Project’ but not if in involves using words from text messages. My biggest pet peeve is when people spell words wrong, but the word is the same length as the original, see example to the left. “Todai” is just as long as the actual word today, why….WHY. THIS CRUEL WORLD.
4. I read Kristen Stewarts’ poem in Marie Claire. This is an example of why I don’t let my students use thesauruses until they’ve been through MANY, MANY drafts. They either need to search their own vocabularies or brainstorm with the kid next to them. I mean, Turkish words in poems…while driving? I don’t think so Stewart, you don’t fool me.
5. Hunter S. Thompson is one writer I would raise from the dead if I could have that superpower. I’d probably have to raise him about four times because he’s the kind of guy that would kill himself in any life.
6. I think it’s terrifying that writers cannot use their words to voice opinions that should be free…to be. I am thankful everyday that I live in a country where free speech is available to me and I can blog about pretty much anything (even if I am flagged by the government) because this is a sincere part of our constitution. I know that this right in our country is often called into question, however, we are not hanging the poets that give words to the people who are not allowed, or cannot for whatever reason, speak.
7. I am in the middle of teaching my students about propaganda’s use in wars and how it’s always a key aspect of brainwashing or convincing people on which side they should align. I am disgusted with the ‘Gay Propoganda’ coming out of Russia. This is my stance. In truth, I am disgusted with all HATE propaganda. My favorite way to teach students about propaganda is by using the old Superman t.v. shows on Youtube created by American companies against the Japanese during WWII.
8. That Mojgani poem needs to be read for the hanging of this Iranian poet. That is all.