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Academic, attorney, editor, and former professor of English discusses writing, literary theory, and items of general nerditude. Sometimes cats!
A few weeks ago, “Whole Body Listening Larry” made the rounds of the autistic community: The discussion at the time centered on how Larry’s approach to listening is a neurotypical-centric one, and that, for many neurodivergent people (including autistic people), … Continue reading
And now you can! ScholarWorks’s “recommended citation” (clearly not in MLA format): Ryskamp, Dani Alexis (2014) “Neurodiversity’s Lingua Franca?: The Wild Iris, Autobiography of Red, and the Breakdown of Cognitive Barriers Through Poetic Language,” The Hilltop Review: Vol. 7: Iss. … Continue reading
Our first-year writing program requires me to teach four basic genres of writing commonly encountered in college classrooms. But it has almost no requirements in addition to these, which gives me a lot of flexibility in how I teach … Continue reading
The phrase that comes out of my mouth most often during exam week is “no, really, I love teaching.” I never have to justify my love of teaching at any other time of year – only during the week after … Continue reading
After a hyper-efficient round of grading, my students’ midterm grades have been released into the wild. And I feel like old blind Tiresias. I feel this way at the midpoint of every semester. Based on their performance to date, I … Continue reading
My first day on the job as a new insurance-defense associate, the partner I worked for told me that there were three primary considerations in any case: the law, the experts, and the emotional appeal. To win, a lawyer needed … Continue reading