Liz Ahl

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ESSAY: Consumption by Elissa Washuta

<b>What can colleges do about binge drinking?</b><p>Colleges can hold their students’ hair back. A super nice college can be a pal and keep breath mints on …

Singular “they” and the many reasons why it’s correct

Suppose you were reading and came to the following line:<p>“She kept her head and kicked her shoes off, as everybody ought to do who falls into deep …

Books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don’t diminish the ‘classic’ curriculum. They enhance it. - The Washington Post

In 1992, as a first-year PhD student at Berkeley, I told the English department chairman, a famous Americanist, that I wanted to write a dissertation on Vietnamese and Vietnamese American literature. “You can’t do that,” he said, fretting over my ambition to teach in a university English …

‘It’s a Strange Communion’: Artist Michael Rakowitz on Why He Set Up an Iraqi Food Truck Outside the MCA Chicago

On View<p>The long-standing project began in his mother's kitchen.<p>,<p>Visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this past fall may have stumbled …

Northwestern University

Color Codes

A poet examines race in America.<p>The poet Claudia Rankine’s new volume, her fifth, is “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf), a book-length poem about race and the imagination. Rankine has called it an attempt to “pull the lyric back into its realities.” Those realities include the acts of everyday …

Review: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen | The House Next Door

“For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing,” wrote the 19th-century critic Walter Pater, “but the highest quality to your moments as …

Literature

Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen”

In 1855 Walt Whitman published “Song of Myself,” a poem regarded as a seminal literary work at least partially for its take on American citizenship. …

Literature

How Blockchain Technology Is Helping Syrian Refugees

Azraq Refugee Camp is a 15 kilometre-wide sea of corrugated aluminium houses in the heart of the vast Jordanian desert. The people that live there …

Security robot bullied and forced off the street in San Francisco

A robot patrolling a street in San Francisco to ward off homeless people has been removed after complaints from locals, who also knocked it over and …

MacArthur Grant Will Create ‘Sesame Street’ for Syrian Refugees

The Muppets are taking the Middle East.<p>The MacArthur Foundation said Wednesday that it was awarding $100 million to Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee to create early childhood development programs for Syrian refugees. It will focus on displaced children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq …

Glory features

Glories are always directly opposite the sun, centered at the antisolar point and therefore below the horizon except at sunrise and sunset.<p>Look for …

New York Gallerists Counter Art-World Elitism by Showing Every Work They’re Sent

Installation view of <i>Et Tu, Art Brute?</i> Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery.The premise of the open call was simple: Any person, regardless of age, …

15 Works of Contemporary Literature by and About Refugees

This weekend, Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily closed America’s borders to entry for citizens from seven (predominantly …

Books

Veterans Writing Project

Photo: C130 on the airfield in Mazar i Sharif Afghanistan, 2003. Credit: Ron Capps<p><b>At the Veterans Writing Project we believe that every veteran has a</b> …

Stop giving war-veteran novelists a free pass

“The Yellow Birds” is considered one of this year’s best books. Are reviewers too scared to pan our servicemen?<p>One of the most feted books of the season is a debut novel about the Iraq war, Kevin Powers' “The Yellow Birds.” It has garnered gushing blurbs from famous authors, the cover of the New …

The Words of War

Maurice Decaul, Phil Klay, Elliot Ackerman, Kevin Powers, Brandon Willitts, and Matt Gallagher, at the White Horse Tavern, in Greenwich Village.<p>‘Never such innocence again,” Philip Larkin wrote in “MCMXIV,” his iconic poem about World War I. The Great War changed many things and left legacies such …

O-Dark-Thirty

O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Launched in May of 2012, it is a platform for veterans and members of the …

Home Fires

How soldiers write their wars.<p>“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected,” Paul Fussell wrote in “The Great War and Modern Memory,” his classic study of the English literature of the First World War. “But the Great War was more ironic than any before or since.” The ancient …

A Veteran’s Perspective on Literature & the English Major

Women Writing War: A List of Essential Contemporary War Literature by Women

<i>ON MARCH 31 of this year, war veteran and novelist Cara Hoffman published</i> <i>an op-ed in</i> The New York Times <i>in which she argued that war narratives — in</i> …

U.S. Veterans Use Greek Tragedy to Tell Us About War

The ancient Greeks didn’t go to the theater just to be entertained. Aristotle believed that audiences saw themselves reflected in tragic characters and that the very act of watching a character’s downfall helped purge them of emotions like pity and fear, a process he called catharsis or, roughly, …

Military

Coming to America: 19 movies about U.S. immigration

<i>Note: While</i> The A.V. Club <i>compiled this Inventory in reaction to Donald Trump’s racism toward immigrants in early 2017, recent events remind us that</i> …

Marion Cotillard

The Civil War Was Won By Immigrant Soldiers | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

In the summer of 1861, an American diplomat in Turin, then the capital of Italy, looked out the window of the U.S. legation to see hundreds of young …

Americans All!: Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series)

During the First World War, nearly half a million immigrant draftees from forty-six different nations served in the U.S. Army. This surge of Old …

Alcohol by Franz Wright

You do look a little ill.<p>But we can do something about that, now.<p>Can’t we.<p>The fact is you’re a shocking wreck.<p>Do you hear me.<p>You aren’t all alone.<p>And …

Purpose-Oriented Writing Exercises: Teaching Revision 16

–Flickr/Enokson<p>School is almost back in session, and the blog is back with some writing exercises meant to help students with various elements of …

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

<b>I have a confession to make: I am terrible at handing back papers.</b> That sounds silly, right? I mean, you literally just hand the paper to the kid …

Teaching

The 'godmother of forensic science' revolutionized police work with dollhouse crime scenes

As a woman, Frances Glessner Lee wasn't permitted to go to university — but that didn't stop her from revolutionizing the field of forensic …