Modernist Writing Exercises

Today’s writing lesson comes from American expatriate and arch-modernist Ezra Pound (1885-1972).  Though an accomplished poet and translator in his own right, he may be best known as the guy who cut nearly 400 lines from T.S. Eliot’s original draft of The Waste Land.

A Reader Writes . . .

Nathan Stein, a graduate student and this year’s Departmental Teaching Fellow in the Statistics Department, wrote in to share an insight he had while listening to Steven Pinker’s talk at the recent HILT Symposium: [Pinker] said that the challenge of writing was converting a network of ideas into a linear string of words. He also…

Term Papers vs. Blog Posts: Are We Really Having This Argument?

The New York Times published a special section on “Education Life” today, which included a thought-provoking article by Matt Richtel on the increasingly common choice of blog posts as assignments in writing classes. Richtel quotes blog-friendly faculty like Professor Cathy N. Davidson of Duke University and Professor Andrea A. Lunsford of Stanford University, who argue that blog posts motivate…