via Ernest Hemingway’s “In Our Time” | The New Yorker
This review was published in 1927, after Hemingway’s great literary success “The Sun Also Rises.” There are a few things I love about reviews that are more contemporary to great classics. The first is the quality of writing of the review itself. Often the review is written by a now familiar author, and the review is a fabulous peek at that author’s style and growth as a writer. If the reviewer is not a hence famous author, the writing style is still instructive in the quality of publication meant for common consumption. The second reason I love early reviews of classics is it often reveals the spirit of the day that the work was written, and provides subtle historical perspectives that current analysis might miss. And finally, I love to see how ideas grow over time, revealing the ways that people shape literature as much as literature shapes people.
Outside of one’s own curiosity, this early review might serve as a great side lesson in comparative literature, literary analysis, journalistic writing, or to bolster a unit on Hemingway, short stories, or even obscure writings of famous authors.
“The results [of research] could not be clearer: Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy.”
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
Source: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic
It must be troubling for the god who loves you…
A stunning poem with a clear voice of the author, yet infinite so to touch all people in moments of reflection and self-assessment.
Source: The God Who Loves You by Carl Dennis | Poetry Foundation
After a legendary career in adventure writing, Tim Cahill thought his story was over. Thrown from a raft in the Grand Canyon’s Lava Falls, he was trapped underwater and out of air. When he finally reached land, his heart stopped for several minutes. Then he came back—and decided to risk Lava again.
This article is really about “story” and its connection to human experience, to the human condition. An excellent reflection on the importance of story, of one’s own story, of our family’s story, of history, and of the story of man. Especially useful for beginning writers, or students exploring their own lives and its meaning. It is not a complete exploration, but it is certainly a starting point in the discussion.
Source: My Drowning (And Other Inconveniences) | Outside Online
We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now
Source: Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? – Scientific American
It’s one thing to appreciate haiku, but it’s a totally different animal to teach it. Teaching requires flexibility, passion, and a degree of mastery of the subject that allows the teacher to converse freely and energetically enough to engage the audience in a learning moment… wherever and whenever that teaching moment occurs.
Check out this inspiring Teaching Story – How We Haiku.
Source: How We Haiku — Teaching Stories 11