Whistling Vivaldi

When I was 23 and in my first year of teaching, in 1997, my department chair handed me the Bedford Reader and told me to steer my sophomores through the basics of composition. Brent Staples’ masterfully written “Black Men and Public Spaces,” in the anthology, was particularly resonant for me and for my students. In […]

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The Weight of Monday

Today I learned that the Monday before winter exams feels… heavy. The weight of today was the result of a lot of gathering things: rain in a dark sky; hours to be spent in review;  the impending shift from questions to answers;  grades to be tallied and recorded; indelible records of achievement soon to be committed […]

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