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Sunday Night Speech: Live Like A Mighty River

The following post is copied directly from Letters of Note, a most excellent blog. In 1986, 23 years after the death of Sylvia Plath, celebrated poet Ted Hugheswrote the following letter to their 24-year-old son, Nicholas, and, quite beautifully, advised him to embrace his “childish self” so as to experience life to its fullest. Tragically, during a period […]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald On Worry

Today’s post comes courtesy of Letters of Note via Explore.  The following is a letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his eleven year old daughter, who was away at camp at the time.  Consider the site Letters of Note as officially on the list of websites of which you must be aware. La Paix, Rodgers’ Forge […]

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#1 How To Read A Classic

The most read post of the year is finally here. We will be getting back to blogging shortly, in fact we will be back this evening. Make sure to keep reading the site and share it with friends. For the original post click here. Mark Twain famously said that a classic is a book everyone […]

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#27 The Dark Knight Rises and the Trouble with Expectations

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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#50 Skin a Cat: Keeping a Journal

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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What Queen and I Have in Common (Besides an Affinity for Spandex and Big Hair)

Newsflash for any of you new parents out there: three year-old kids are not particularly patient. My son is not only no exception, the good people at Webster’s are likely this minute carving out whitespace to make room for his picture next to its entry for ‘impatience.’ I’ve found it takes a great deal of […]

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How to Read a “Classic”

Mark Twain famously said that a classic is a book everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read. As an English teacher, I’ve been given sort of a front row seat to Mr. Twain’s assessment being played out in real life. Most of my students (and, come to that, most people I […]

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The Dark Knight Rises and the Trouble with Expectations

1. The Dark Knight Rises comes out today (or, came out last night at midnight, since that’s how we play the game these days), and I’m a little worried. Not about the movie’s quality, mind you. With Chris Nolan at the helm, I don’t see much chance of TDKR being anything but great. However, just about […]

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Comment on This: Wendell Berry

Author’s Note: One of our stated goals here at TTAF is to foster community. One very simple way that we imagined that would happen would be through the dialogue resulting from comments on our posts. We created this weekly post with that very end in mind. Some of our “Comment on This” posts have generated […]

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Comment on This: Vladimir Nabokov

“There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: he may be considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three—storyteller, teacher, enchanter—but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer. “To the storyteller we turn for […]

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