Shakespeare? Hurston? Or Cisneros?

by Allan Appel | Mar 5, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)

Allan Appel PhotoNatalie Semmel can teach only one work of literature.

Will it be Sandra Cisneros’s Latina story, The House On Mango Street? Or Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God? Or a tale about hot, impulsive teenagers, albeit written by a dead white dude named William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)?

Do kids today benefit more from reading “classics,” which can be a slog, or more “diverse” authors with a more immediate connection to their lives? And how do you decide?

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Shawn Persinger Baptizes Book, Album

by Brian Slattery | Nov 17, 2017 8:37 am

Courtesy Shawn PersingerA single guitar starts “One Zero – Periodic Orbits from Chaos to Order and Back,” two notes that sound at first like the beginning of a thousand rock songs. But within three seconds, the guitar has jumped away from that and into a more complex world of triplets and gnarly scales, playing a line filled with menace and beauty. Another guitar joins it, and another, and another, until four guitars are playing the same line in unison. There’s a lot of information — and emotion — packed into that figure.

And then it’s over, in 34 seconds.

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A Picture Is Worth A Million Laws

by Allan Appel | Nov 15, 2017 8:36 am

Library PhotoQuick: How do you illustrate the essential nature of the complex legal subject of involuntary manslaughter?

Answer: She slips on a banana, tumbles toward the poor fellow ahead of her on the sidewalk with a force that pushes him forward into the sharp edge of a cane, which is being perhaps recklessly held parallel to the sidewalk and under the arm of the fellow in front of him. The cane pushes the poor victim’s eyeball right out like a billiard ball.

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