The Week’s Most Popular Posts: September 21-27, 2013

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was….

 I’ve just moved, so my library at home is unfortunately in storage. A thousand, maybe twelve hundred books are in storage. The books here, this tends to be what I teach. These are, of course, the treasured Proust, one of my great joys is not only having read Proust but having read him twice, and having listened to the audio CD twice.


-from “I’m not interested in teaching books by women.” A GIF Response by Amanda Nelson

Lots of dancing and partying in this raucous romantic comedy.  (This is an artist's conception because lady actors haven't been invented yet.)

You know how silly young love is? The kinds of crazy, nutty promises young people in love make to one another? The life-or-death feelings the most minor of inconveniences can engender because you so long to be with your best beloved? My new script plays on all the dopiness of teenage romance.

-from Kickstart the Classics: Romeo and Juliet by Brenna Clarke Gray


Gilmour sees his role in the classroom very differently. He tells us:

I’m a natural teacher, I was trained in television for many years. I know how to talk to a camera, therefore I know how to talk to a room of students. It’s the same thing.

Respectfully, David Gilmour, no. No it is not. A television audience, a camera, cannot respond to you. It cannot ask questions. It cannot argue. It cannot disagree. It can only sit passively. If your students — University of Toronto students ostensibly being some of the best and brightest in Canada — are sitting passively in your class, you are failing them. You are failing to engage them and you are failing to train them as scholars.

-from David Gilmour: Shallow. Misguided. Wrong by Brenna Clarke Gray


the handmaids tale by margaret atwoodThe Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Where: Guilford County, North Carolina

The Problem: Atwood’s novel was deemed “detrimental to Christian values.” This challenge emerged last fall, but the decision on the book’s fate didn’t get handed down until last week. The school board chose to keep the book not only in the libraries, but on the recommended list of reads for 12th-graders.

-from On the “Banned” Wagon: The Month in Book Challenges



The week’s most popular post over at Food Riot was…. 

It adds up.

I can’t count the times I’ve gone out to dinner just because I didn’t have the energy (or ingredients) to cook anything. I call this “dining out by default,” and it’s a very costly habit. After all, isn’t it more fun to dine out when you really want to dine out, rather than when you’re simply desperate to eat something? 

-from Five Ways to Avoid Dining Out by Default by Wini Moranville

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