How to Reread a Text

Rereading is your single most important tool, but instructors rarely take the time to show others how. It’s self-explanatory, right? Just reread. Well, what I’ve learned is there are different ways to reread a text and people benefit from a bit of an introduction. I want to point out Luke Ranieri’s technique. If language acquisition…

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Latin in Harry Potter

A colleague and I had a neat opportunity this morning to sit down with a student and chat about the Latin in Harry Potter. The student was writing a research paper on the classical roots of the story’s plot, characters, and language. There are posts scattered all over the internet that discuss these things, but…

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Of Mice and Men

I finished Of Mice and Men last night. A friend sent it as a gift, and it was mysteriously enthralling from the start. I read the little novella a chapter at a time late at night. I would pick it up every few days when I was at the end of my rope, tired and…

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Enjoying Brothers Karamazov

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about self-deception in Brothers Karamazov, Proverbs, and Avett lyrics, and that post was in part a testimony to how much I’m enjoying reading Brothers. I want to make a few other simple observations here. One thing I love about Brothers Karamazov is how short the chapters are.…

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Why Blog in 2021?

In May of 2021, this site will be ten years old, and I intend to keep it going. Why would someone choose to blog in 2021? It is now way cooler to have a podcast or YouTube channel. My answer has two parts but is simple. First, I blog because I enjoy writing — especially…

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