After teaching Abraham Cahan’s “A Sweat-shop Romance” this semester, I decided that I needed to read The Rise of David Levinsky. I think this description of America is very interesting:
She said, in substance, that America was a land of dollars, not of education, and that she wanted me to be an educated man. (72)
Over Christmas break, I enjoyed reading this insightful book of essays. I especially enjoyed one about my home state, “Pure Michigan.”
I’m looking forward to teaching this book in January!
Over the weekend, I enjoyed reading this wonderful collection of essays while I was traveling. I especially enjoyed Gay’s analysis of popular culture, such as The Hunger Games and The Help.
Today, I wrapped up the poetry unit with my Literature and the Liberal Arts class. I asked students to name a poem or two they found surprising or memorable. This semester, that poem for me was Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus,” particularly the ending stanza:
Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air
So far this summer, I’ve read Middlemarch, which I last read nine years ago. I found it enriching to experience this story again, which one of my friends has called “the ultimate story about being an adult.” Here’s a wonderful line from Dorothea Brooke:
“I believe that people are almost always better than their neighbours think they are” (698).