A gloomy day here. The rain brought down the leaves and it is starting to look like winter. The dogs are sprawled around me, snoozing, and I can’t muster the energy for a thoughtful blog post. But, I do have a few sites to share on several different topics so here’s the random Friday round up:
Miami Book Fair Celebrates 25 Years: I heard this story on NPR yesterday as I drove back and forth across the state. The founder of the fair is an independent book store owner in Miami and he reflects on how things have changed since 1983. When asked about the challenge of selling analog books in an increasingly digital age, he comments that he is “selling the past.”
Guest Blogger on Eduwonk: I credit Andrew Rotherman (aka Eduwonk) with helping me pass my comprehensive exams at William and Mary. Today, his guest blogger is none other than Margaret Spellings, soon-to-be former Secretary of Education. She writes about a new report from the Department of Education that details five areas in which federal, state and local goverments can collaborate to support the use of technology in education.
I Think I’m Musing My Mind: I’m sorry that I can’t remember who steered me to this piece by Roger Ebert but I’ve read and re-read it several times since. I found myself highlighting several of his key ideas that resonated with me in this thoughtful reflection on his writing:
The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.
Of course I don’t think only about writing. I spend time with my wife, family and friends. I read a lot, watch a lot of politics on TV. But prose is beavering along beneath, writing itself. When it comes time to type it is an expression, not a process. My mind has improved so much at this that it’s become clearly apparent to me. The words, as e. e. cummings wrote, come out like a ribbon and lie flat on the brush. He wasn’t writing about toothpaste. In my fancy, I like to think he could have been writing about prose.
Collaborating with Diigo: From jdtravers, an excellent video with practical tips for using Diigo to comment on student work. My own experience with Diigo expanded this week. I blogged about the Bauerlein article and then used the highlights from Ruben Van Havermaet to explore more about new media, including spending a few hours reading Andrew Plotkin’s interactive fiction game Shade. And, Jeremy Douglass’s website made me think about what it means to be an English major in the 21st century as I approach the 25th anniversary of my own graduation.