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As many of you know, Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In celebration I've written an analysis of two of my favourite Munro stories, "Vandals" and "Something I've been meaning to tell you." I've been teaching a Munro course at Dawson College for 10 years. I've taught "Vandals" in my introductory … Continue reading Alice Munro’s Magic
A revolution is coming to U.S. higher education, one that will sweep away an archaic business model, erase the value of many venerable brands, and enhance the brands of new entrants and nimble incumbents. It will be a tough time for many U.S. colleges and universities but great news for the rest of the world. … Continue reading A Murder is Announced: the Death of the Classroom
Sonnet 129: Something interesting happens every time I teach Shakespeare's Sonnet 129. I'm reasonably certain the term sex addiction didn't exist in his day – and neither did 12 step groups for it, with Elizabethans turning up in their flamboyant garb – but that doesn't mean that the problem, and its attendant degradations, didn't exist. Just … Continue reading Shakespeare on Addiction: Sonnet 129