Category Archives: For Fun

Writing Exercise of the Week: OneWord

If you’re gearing up for finals and need to get the creative juices flowing, try this simple exercise, brought to you by oneword.com. Click go, and a word will appear at the top of the screen. You’ll have one minute … Continue reading

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John McWhorter: Texting and the False “Decline” of Language

A few days ago, my roommate and I butted heads over the consequences of loosening conventions in writing. I defended the grammatical principles beaten into me at a young age, while he championed a fluid notion of language that allows … Continue reading

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Writing at Wesleyan on iTunes

If you’re still kicking yourself for missing Colum McCann this month — or Edwidge Danticat last year — then you’ll be happy to know about the Writing at Wesleyan podcast. On the iTunes U site, you can find scores of … Continue reading

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Writers at Wesleyan

Did you know: that Resident Writer Kit Reed has published over one hundred short stories? That George Saunders was a 2010 Visiting Writer? That Ann duCille has written numerous essays on the subject of “multicultural Barbie and the merchandising of … Continue reading

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Save the words

Did you know that the word scaevity means unluckiness? Most people just use words like “ill-fatedness” or “haplessness,” and as a result, “scaevity” has fallen into disuse. If we no longer talk about scaevity, it’s in danger of no longer … Continue reading

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The Hemingway Biopic We’ve All Been Waiting For

A passionate love affair between two brilliant writers?  Sounds like our kind of movie. Add in the facts that one of those writers is Ernest Hemingway, played by Clive Owen, and Nicole Kidman is starring alongside him as “a beautiful, … Continue reading

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Tiny Stories to Make You Think, Smile, Cry…and Write!

In the same vein as the ever-popular FML and MLIA, MMT – which stands for Makes Me Think – is a website devoted to collecting snippets of profound human moments that encourage readers to pause and reflect on the strangeness … Continue reading

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From Wes to the Real World: Liana Heitin

Liana Heitin ’04 left Wesleyan with a B.A. in English and is now the Associate Editor of Education Week Teacher.  Read on to learn about what happened in-between and for some great advice for aspiring writers (as well as for … Continue reading

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Book Sale at Russell Library!

If you’re looking for inexpensive Christmas or Hanukkah gifts or you want to pick something out for yourself to read over break (before the madness of finals and flights home), come check out the Friends of Russell Library Book Sale this Saturday and … Continue reading

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You Call That a Poem?! Understanding the Flarf Movement

Every Thursday night, my roommate puts on sweats and makes his way over to the Butts, where he joins a small contingent of friends for several hours of LARPing.  To one who doesn’t know better, the acronym, which stands for … Continue reading

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