Common Sense

I recently received an email from Common Sense Media with a list of resolutions for 2015. Common Sense Media is my go-to resource on all matters related to technology, education, and parenting, so I read on with interest. The truth is that although I’m evolving, absent their informed advice, my default instinct would be to […]

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French Lessons

In my class on Dystopian Literature, we talk a lot about what I call “hallmarks of dystopia” — those aspects of an imagined society that make the individual citizen’s life feel proscribed and unfree. If Utopia is an imagined place where all is right in the world (for the one who dreams it, anyway), dystopia is its […]

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Something Lost, Something Found

I was reorganizing my books over the winter holiday when I suddenly remembered, for reasons unknown, Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. I don’t know where this book went or why I thought of it at that moment, but I was instantly bereft, wishing to see its spine wedged among other favorites. It would be easy […]

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