Monthly Archives: October 2010

How to Write “Insanely Great” Films

Standing before a crowded room of aspiring writers, Michael Arndt told them what they were hungry to hear: stories provide meaning. The Academy Award winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 talked to packed rooms at the … Continue reading

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Atlantis

A whole civilization wiped out overnight by an enormous tidal wave. No written documents—historical, literary, or other—survive to tell us anything about it. Hundreds of years of human stories, growth, learning: gone. In the blink of an eye. Thousands of … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Read

Over 40,000 people purchased over 160,000 books in two days at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, an inspiring sight that assuaged the fear of English teachers like myself that our efforts to increase reading are in vain. Arriving at … Continue reading

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Does Culture Matter?

Our answer is a resounding YES! (Duh.) And we have it on good authority. Plato likes to remind us that “the soul takes nothing with her into the other world but her education and culture.” But how, exactly, does culture matter … Continue reading

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