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Ooh, I love this list of alternatives to books by Dead White Men.
A great (and upsetting) breakdown of why net neutrality matters to your everyday Netflix habit
I loved this: The beginning of silent reading changed Westerners’ interior life
This essay asks some good questions: Have white women colonized children’s literature? And if so, what can we do to change things?
also on the blog: The Greenglass House is the perfect early winter readaloud
one year ago: An Ellis Island unit study
three years ago: Mindful homeschool: I am thankful for my homeschool life
After many, many recommendations, I am finally getting around to The Fifth Season, the first book in N.K. Jemison’s Broken Earth series, and I am already so hooked that I am hiding in the bathroom to finish a chapter. Please let it keep being this good.
I’m reading Othello with my AP English class, and I am completely obsessed this read-around with the idea that Iago is a stand-in for Shakespeare — he’s totally stage-managing the entire play, right down to creating the dialogue for people to say. This is weirdly fascinating to me — what could it mean if Shakespeare sees himself in Iago’s “motiveless malignancy?” One of my students really needs to write a paper about this.
Also in work-related reading: Plato’s Symposium, which is so much easier going than the Republic, especially when reading them back-to-back.
I have already bought two copies of this book to give as holiday presents.
We’re moving on to Project Runway Junior season two! I’m also looking forward to getting through season 2 of Stranger Things, season 2 of Agent Carter, and season 3 of Broadchurch over the break, even though that seems pretty ambitious.
I am sort of hooked on this Civil War podcast. I have added another loop to my morning dog walk to fit in more listening time.
I do not feel ready for the holidays, but I am hoping making some tiny sufganiyot this weekend will help get me in the spirit.
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We used Studio Ghibli's film adaptations of beloved children's books for a high school introduction to comparative literature. Here's how we did it — and how you can, too, no curriculum required.
Suzanne and Amy pick their favorite reads of February, including a couple of short story collections, an unexpected dose of chick lit, a cozy British family story, and more.
#4: Pants are optional.