M.Leddy + reading   166

Digital vs. analog Nancy
In today’s Nancy, children debate the advantages of reading in pixels and print. Highly inventive stuff from Olivia Jaimes.
analog  comics  digital  Nancy  reading 
10 days ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
“By the Book” for the rest of us, now with more childhood reading.
books  reading 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
“By the Book” for the rest of us, now with more books.
books  reading 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
“By the Book,” now with a link to questions and answers from another blogger.
books  reading 
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Phonics again
Everything old is new again.
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
George Steiner (1929–2020)
“I’d love to be remembered as a good teacher of reading.”
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Just words”
An excerpt from A Warning, by Anonymous.
democracy  reading 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Reading in the news
“The performance of American teenagers in reading and math has been stagnant since 2000, according to the latest results of a rigorous international exam, despite a decades-long effort to raise standards and help students compete with peers across the globe.”
education  reading 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
“Though” and “the other thing”
The talking heads on cable news are quoting “I would like you to do us a favor,” which looks bad enough as is. But we would do well not to overlook the word that follows: “though.” You need money for military equipment. But Trump needs something too.

And — if we read carefully — it becomes clear that the favor has several parts: a search for a mythical server, receptiveness to overtures from Barr and Giuliani, and an investigation (with Barr) into the Bidens. The words “the other thing” tie the parts together and point back to “I would like you to do us a favor though.”
september 2019 by M.Leddy
College these days
You can find nuance in this piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education if you like, but here’s the bottom line: a professor invited his students to read a book — a “physical book” — for extra credit.
books  college  reading 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Randing the ramparts
“Our army [manned?] the [?], it rand the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do.”
july 2019 by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
The Four Seasons Reading Club, our household’s two-person adventure in reading, just finished its fourth year.
books  reading 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Orange Crate Art: Reading or not
Behind the Chronicle of Higher Education paywall, Steven Johnson’s report on “The Fall, and Rise, of Reading” in college courses. Here, a few takeaways.
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Less reading, more “writing”
To my mind, reading and writing are just things one does in a college class. As students’ language skills decline, assigning less reading and more “writing” solves nothing.
academia  college  reading  writing 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Reading, really fast
I learned yesterday that for some English majors, it’s now a point of pride to go really fast when reading aloud, with little or no regard for phrasing or intonation. Why is going fast a point of pride? Because so many students cannot read aloud with much fluency.
college  reading 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Learning to read
Emily Hanford, education correspondent for American Public Media, asks why we are still teaching reading the wrong way: “To become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to print on the page. They need explicit, systematic phonics instruction.”
education  reading 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
A home entertainment system
Ammon Shea: “The fact that my shelves are filled with things I haven’t yet read and want to, and things that I’ve read before and want to revisit, means I will never be at a loss for entertainment at home.”
books  reading 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
“Slow Reading”
Richard Lanham: “Every course in composition ought to be a course in Slow Reading.”
reading  teaching  writing 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
A meeting of the minds
Another step toward what I call the reality-TV-ification of everything : today’s Donald Trump–Kanye West meeting. How glorious to have two proud non-readers of books in the Oval Office at the same time.
books  culture  politics  reading 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Close-reading Brett Kavanaugh
If Kavanaugh wants to claim (in a way that defies all plausibility) that the acts of which he’s accused were without sexual intent, the denial “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone” becomes a crafty way to dodge the question of whether he did what he’s accused of doing.
politics  reading 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Book clubs and the Internets
The Economist reports on book clubs and the Internets.
books  reading 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
“Thanks to my evening reading”
Reading to stay sane. From W.G. Sebald’s Vertigo.
reading  Sebald 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
Sunday in The Trivium
“‘When’ is position in relation to the course of extrinsic events which measure the duration of a substance, for example, Sunday afternoon.”
may 2018 by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
The Four Seasons Reading Club, our household’s two-person adventure in reading, just finished its third year.
books  fambly  reading 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
“Thin it out”
Everything that needs to be conveyed to the President must be boiled down, the former staffer said, to “two or three points, with the syntactical complexity of ‘See Jane run.’”
politics  reading 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
For complete works
An anthology is, almost always, a textbook. And it is much easier to fall in love with a (whole) work of literature or philosophy than to fall in love with a textbook.
books  education  reading 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
“Do you read?”
Joe Scarborough asked Donald Trump a question.
literacy  politics  reading 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Whose whom?
I’d bet a Happy Meal that Trump didn’t write this statement.
literacy  politics  reading  writing 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Isaac Barrow on bookishness
“He that loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.”
books  reading 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Oversight in Online Processing.
reading  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Rita Felski on “critique”
“Its conception of the uses and values of literature is simply too thin.”
academia  literature  reading 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Oil and reading habits
Read The Garden of Cyrus and The Hidden Life of Trees while waiting for the car.
reading  ThomasBrowne 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
A page-forty-five test
I’m in complete sympathy with the writers’ argument (against the corporatization of academia), but this book is best borrowed from a library.
academia  reading 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Modern times
Photographing book pages.
reading  technology 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
Our two-person adventure in reading, in its second year.
books  fambly  reading 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Geoffrey Nunberg on Trump’s “amateurish quotation marks”
Geoffrey Nunberg, writing about “the least literate president to take office” since Zachary Taylor.
politics  reading 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
W(h)ither grammar
How many problems in reading stem from an ignorance of basic grammar? And how many problems in writing stem from an ignorance of basic grammar?
grammar  reading  teaching  writing 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Reaching for a book
“‘When I hear the word “Trump,”’ he said, ‘I reach for a book.’”
books  reading 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
One or more night stands
“What night stand? I don’t have a night stand. What’s with ‘night stand’? Why do you assume that that’s where everyone keeps their books?”
books  NewYorkTimes  reading 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
It’s always sobering to read Amazon’s one-star reviews of literary works. One-starrers can serve to remind teachers of lit of what they may be up against.
Amazon  reading  teaching 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Eccentrics, no
My conclusion from pages 84 and 85 is that Eccentrics is a book to skip.
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Not reading
Arthur Schopenhauer: “A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.”
books  reading 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
Reading together: seventeen books so far.
books  fambly  reading 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
The World Book Encyclopedia
An Atlantic item that makes me miss the World Book Encyclopedia of my childhood.
childhood  reading 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Our mutual frown
Our Mutual Friend feels like the work of a tired writer, and it was making us tired.
Dickens  fiction  reading 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Reading Rainbow at Netflix
A former student sends the news that Reading Rainbow episodes will soon be streaming at Netflix.
reading  television 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Accidental bird
Post-its and eraser crumbs.
art  Post-itNotes  reading 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
What’s relatable
Ira Glass gave teachers of lit an odd little gift with his fleetingly infamous comment that King Lear is “not relatable.” Oh yeah?
reading  Shakespeare 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Raise high the roof beam, Donald Meek
When I first read J. D. Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters (1963), I instantly imagined the “tiny elderly man” of the story as Donald Meek.
film  Salinger  reading 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
An Erik Spiekermann poster
“Start reading. Stop Googling.”
art  design  reading  signage 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Moby-Dick at Harvard
“It’s sad to think of the faux mastery that passes for English studies in this account, and impossible to imagine playing the game, as student or teacher, without losing all intellectual self-respect.”
college  literature  reading 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Edgar who?
Patrick Leigh Fermor: “Except for his long Edgar Wallace cigarette holder, our host could have sat for a picture of St. Jerome.”
october 2014 by M.Leddy
Flannery O’Connor on interpretation
“If teachers are in the habit of approaching a story as if it were a research problem for which any answer is believable so long as it is not obvious, then I think students will never learn to enjoy fiction.”
october 2014 by M.Leddy
Seventeen ideas about interpretation
No. 2: “Criticism is not a negation of pleasure. Knowing more about what it is you’re reading can only inform and deepen pleasure, if there’s genuine pleasure to be had. Knowledge (not ignorance) is bliss.”
october 2014 by M.Leddy
Against “deep reading”
“‘Deep reading’ meant that nothing could be what it appeared to be: every element of a story had to stand for something else, quotidian details coming together to form something like an allegorical pageant. . . . In truth, there’s nothing deep about “deep reading” (thus my continuing use of quotation marks): it’s a reductive way of engaging works of the imagination, operating on every one of them in the same damn way.”
october 2014 by M.Leddy
The page-ninety-nine test
Should really be the page-ninety test.
reading  writing 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
Tim Parks on “reading upward”
“In the teaching world, the idea of reading upward often leads to a preoccupation with gateway books. The way to get ‘them’ interested in, say, Charles Dickens, is to start with, say, J. K. Rowling. Uh, no.”
reading  teaching 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
Orange bookmark art
“I don’t think the paint manufacturers of our nation will mind that much if a dedicated reader here and there decides to use a paint sample as a bookmark.”
orange  reading 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
Also from Robert Walser
“When I read, I am a harmless, nice and quiet person and I don’t do anything stupid.”
RobertWalser  reading  writing 
june 2014 by M.Leddy
On “trigger warnings”
I wonder: what do students who favor trigger warnings expect to find in literature?
RalphEllison  reading  teaching 
june 2014 by M.Leddy
“Something is missing”
A passage from Absalom, Absalom! that works as a compact reader’s guide.
fiction  reading 
february 2014 by M.Leddy
Reading, before and after
An excerpt from Andrew Piper’s Book Was There.
books  reading 
january 2014 by M.Leddy
Reading surveilled
The act of reading itself is becoming data.
books  reading  technology 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Borges on reading
“Reading should be a form of happiness.”
Borges  reading 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Ernest Borgnine reads
Ernest Borgnine reads Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish. Just lovely.
ErnestBorgnine  reading 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
William Zinsser, listening
“People read with their ears, whether they know it or not.”
reading  WilliamZinsser  writing 
april 2013 by M.Leddy
Bobbing for apples
“to read, really read, one must do much more than bob. Repeated immersions, to the limit of one’s ability to remain underwater: that’s what will let you come up with something worthwhile.”
reading  teaching 
february 2013 by M.Leddy
Close reading and the brain
Stanford researchers are looking at the effect of close reading on the brain.
september 2012 by M.Leddy
Donald J. Sobol (1924–2012)
Donald J. Sobol, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, has died at the age of eighty-seven.
books  childhood  reading 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
Rooms, radios, hurdles
Jacques Barzun: “Jane Austen could write novels in the family parlor and some people can think in a boiler factory, but it is foolish to take the hardest hurdles first when the power of attention is so rare.”
attention  JacquesBarzun  reading 
june 2012 by M.Leddy
Literary reading, standardized tests
“We cannot enrich the minds of our students by testing them on texts that purposely ignore their hearts.”
education  reading 
april 2012 by M.Leddy
“[B]eautiful and surprising and deep”
A passage from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.
reading  writing 
april 2012 by M.Leddy
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