First the Humor: John Cleese on Terrorism The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated,” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since […]Read more "Color-Coding Terrorism and Humor"
My first day teaching this semester, a student came up to me. Because I’m a writer and love to build pictures, I’ll describe him (not that it tremendously matters): thin guy wearing skinny jeans and brushed over blonde Emo hair, tight t-shirt and oversized plaid sweatshirt-jacket. “How do you feel about language,” my student asked. […]Read more "Violent Language – A Freshman Composition Experience"
A few months ago, a friend asked me how my writing would further the cause of social justice. I didn’t have a good answer for him. But in the course of the past few months, I’ve also designed a college-level course focused on apocalyptic literature and a different college course which focuses on the rhetoric of disaster/ruin/destruction/oppression and […]Read more "Violence and Progressive Education"