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“Mapping out” my project

I’ve been thinking about what it means to “map out” a project. I guess I’m trying to mean that in the most literal sense that I can. For as long back as I can remember, I’ve been taught that one of the best strategies for brainstorming is something called mind-mapping. Basically, you write a word down, and circle it. Then you list as many different words related to that word…

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Maps of the imagination. Known territory.

I picked up a copy of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (by Peter Turchi) a couple of days ago in St. Louis, and I have to say that it’s a pretty good book. Unfortunately, I was already familiar with many of the ideas in it. Maps, to some extent, do define the territory. What we see is largely influenced by what a map tells us is there….

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Maps of the imagination. Known territory.

I picked up a copy of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (by Peter Turchi) a couple of days ago in St. Louis, and I have to say that it’s a pretty good book. Unfortunately, I was already familiar with many of the ideas in it. Maps, to some extent, do define the territory. What we see is largely influenced by what a map tells us is there….

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Body Worlds “Exhibition”

I attended the Body Worlds exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center today (January 1). I have to say it was the most moving science display of scientific information I’ve ever experienced. There is a permanent link to the website here: www.bodyworlds.com, so I’ll spare you a description of the models themselves. You can get a pretty good overview from the material out there on the web. What I’m most…

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Maya Lin’s “Systematic Landscapes”

I visited the Maya Lin exhibit yesterday (December 30th, actually). Her (preoccupation) with landscapes was the exhibit’s defining motif. The Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, a minimalist space constructed from poured concrete, large panes of glass, and dense heavy-gauge steel mesh covering many of the walls, seemed like a perfect venue for her work. There was a sense of music and serenity. I guess maybe that could be said…

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Hello There

I promised myself that I would begin writing at least 300 words everyday. There are three goals to this project. The first is that I would like to find a writing rhythm. I hope that writing everyday makes writing something I need to do everyday. It would be a great thing to be addicted to. I do feel that I really need to write, but I don’t do it everyday,…

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Why didn’t anyone teach me this when I was nineteen?

A reflection on “Coming to Terms” – the first chapter from Joe Harris’s book Rewriting. Harris’s overall project for this book is to offer students an insight into what he understands as the fundamental textual “moves” necessary for effective academic writing. The first chapter works to explain it means to come to terms with another author’s text. Generally, Harris posits that coming to terms with a text is more than…

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A Route, Not a Journey

I sort of feel like I just need to get this first posting out of the way. My impulse is to set down an overview of my teaching philosophy complete with key terms, optimistic goals, and valuable lessons I’ve learned after more than 10 years of teaching. But that would contradict the point of this blog. Instead of making a public declaration of my attitudes about teaching, I am going…

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First Entry

I’m a rookie blogger. I’ve started blogs before, but mostly because I liked giving them names like Resurrection Man or Ballistic Jelly. Sort of like sitting around thinking up great punk band names. Some of my own favorites have been Needle Nose, Jacob’s Bladder, and 58102. So… Technobstacles. Obviously, it’s a portmanteau of technology and obstacles. I’m going to investigate the ways digital technology both enhances and compromises the work…

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