Saturday, June 1, 2013

ArmchairBEA: Non-fiction Edition Day 4 (a day late)

I don't write a lot of posts from my phone, so I hope this goes well. I'm currently sleepless in Salt Lake, on a medical trip, 4 hours from home. It's the second stage in trying to discover what's going on with me.
I'm on summer break now, but August through May I'm an English teacher, so I read a lot of non-fiction by default, and a lot of it is either grammatical "how-to" mechanics, or how to cite in MLA format. Some of these are required for college writers, but I wanted to make the readings somewhat interesting, so I'm currently using Best American Essays (college edition) and Stephen King's memoir, "On Writing."
My most used phrase when it comes to teaching English is: "Writing is a measurement of how you think." That's the value in non fiction: to see how others perceive the world around them and, hopefully, add our thoughts, musings and contributions.
American Essay

Favorites in the Feminism Genre:

 BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch MagazineThe Bust Guide to the New Girl Order

Favorites in the American Essay Genre:

 Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of FoodWithout a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class

Favorites in the Memoir: I love to read the (published) diaries and journals of people I love and admire as poets, artists, and here are just a few:

 ValenciaIncest: From a Journal of LoveThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia PlathDirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love

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