The Teacher Explains Why We Begin the Way We Begin

This unit is about establishing the mindset I’ll be expecting you to apply to the work you do all year long in this class. It is predicated on the idea that literature is by nature dialogical, that is, that every piece of literature you read picks up on an existing…

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Book Preview for the Sparknotes Project

Here are some Mr. McAteer-specific thoughts about the books I’m asking you to choose from. You can refer to Jack Murnighan’s Beowulf on the Beach if you want a little bit of a preview. Crime and Punishment – I read this in my post-college years when I began thinking it…

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Moment of Decision: The Sparknotes Project

Here are some Mr. McAteer-specific thoughts about the books I’m asking you to choose from. I’ll take them in the order in which I read them. Crime and Punishment – I read this in my post-college years when I began thinking it would be good to read the books I…

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The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

Every year I start with this story, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Originally, I thought everyone in the world should read it for the last sentence, which is the ass-kickingest last sentence you’ll read this side of Oedipus Rex. The more I’ve read, though, the more I’ve learned that some stories…

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