Author Archives: fordfellows

You’re writing a paper. So what?

Last semester, when I was preparing to begin working on a research paper, one of my professors recommended that I look at a few chapters from a book called “The Craft of Research,” by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, … Continue reading

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Come to “War Stories: Reading and Writing the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars”

When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 4:30 p.m.Where: PAC 001 Although the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars constitute two of the longest wars in American history, American literature from these wars is only now beginning to flourish. Novels such as Kevin Powers’ The … Continue reading

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Dispatch NYC: On Teaching, the Classics, and Holding up a Mirror to Ourselves

Ryan Sheldon ’13: Alex Ray ’13 spent the 2011 Fall semester teaching in the New York Public School System while studying at the Bank Street College of Education. Name: Alex Ray Class year: 2013 Major: Classics Favorite book: The Ask … Continue reading

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From the Desk of an Aspiring Essayist

Ryan Sheldon ’13: We’ve got another anonymous participant, this time from the ranks of the Creative Writing concentration! Class year: 2014 Major: English (CW concentration) Favorite book: The Brothers Karamazov How do you identify as a writer? Do you think … Continue reading

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Ghost in the Machine

Ryan Sheldon ’13: This respondent requested to remain anonymous—I’ll simply say that he’s a prolific Wesleying veteran, the recipient of an Olin Fellowship, and a longtime music writer for Popmatters. Class year: 2013 Major: English and American Studies Favorite book: … Continue reading

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What Star Wars Taught Me (or not) About Literary Knowledge

This is the sixth in a series of posts for the Writing Blog by Ryan Sheldon ’13. So far, I’ve dealt almost exclusively with the influence of particular texts on literary development. It occurs to me that we might invert … Continue reading

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The World Speaks Through Literature

This is the fifth in a series of posts for the Writing Blog by Ryan Sheldon ’13. Name: Peter Myers Class year: 2013 Major: College of Letters Favorite book: Underworld, or maybe Invisible Man. How do you identify as a … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Take

This is the fourth installment of a series written for the Writing Blog by Ryan Sheldon ’13 Name: Glenn Stowell Class year: 2013 Major: Economics Favorite book: So Long, See You Tomorrow, by William Maxwell How do you identify as … Continue reading

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On “The Novice as Expert: Writing the Freshman Year”

This is the third in a series written for the Writing Blog by Ryan Sheldon ’13. I encountered a wealth of interesting material in the Ford Seminar over the course of last semester, but no single examination of the development … Continue reading

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A Brief Conversation with This Project

This is the second in a series for the Writing Blog written by Ryan Sheldon ’13. I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t submit to my own examination. In this post, I’ll be playing the role of a … Continue reading

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