Working with A Better Pencil
- Please locate two passages in Baron’s text—one that you find especially insightful or eloquent, and another where he seems to you to be straining to make a point or articulate an idea. Be ready to take us to these passages at opportune moments in our conversation.
- Reread the comments on your x1 post. Identify a moment in one that raises an issue that you’d like us to discuss.
x2: Responding to Standage
- Identify a brief prose passage from one of the x1 posts that you admire.
- Identify a use of another medium in one of the posts that you feel adds strongly to its argument. See if you can name this use.
Tsakiri-Scanatovits, Marie-Margaux . 2010. My Mother’s Coat.
- Tues, 2/25, 4:00 pm: Read Standage. Post x2 to this site.
- Thurs, 2/27, 4:00 pm: Read x2s. Post comments.
- Thurs, 2/27, 4:00 pm: Tweet to #685dw.
- Tues,, 3/04, 4:00 pm: Read Davidson. Post x3 to this site.
I’m really impressed by your responses to Baron’s A Better Pencil.
Your task for next week is to offer a similarly lively and thoughtful response to Tom Standage’s Writing on the Wall—with one small technical requirement added, which is to make some use of audio to supplement your work as a writer. This does not need to involve extraordinary technological measures. On the contrary, I’m more interested in quality of thought than technical execution. As evidence:
You can quote songs or recordings that have been made by other people (with acknowledgment). Or you can make your own recordings. I only stipulate the following:
- The bulk of your response must be in writing.
- Your audiofiles must be planned, not spontaneous or impromptu.
- You must intend your readers to listen to each audiofile you use in its entirety. (Don’t upload entire songs or videos.)
- No audiofile should thus run more than one minute.
The aim of this exercise is to think about some of the ways audio can add to the impact of a written text. I will thus be more interested in the thoughtfulness and originality of your work than in its technical virtuosity. I feel sure you’ll be able to top my own predictable efforts here. Indeed, I double dog dare you to.
Use x2 as your category and, again, think of some identifying tags for your post.
Deadlines: x2 due on Tues, 2/25, 4:00 pm. Comments due by Thurs, 2/27, 4:00 pm.