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The Life-Changing Magic of Tearing my Students’ Papers Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tearing my Students’ Papers Up

Grateful to share this piece by Mischa Willet: The exercise goes something like this: at the start of class, I ask students to take out a piece of paper, which more often than not these days means they cast about looking helpless till a more-responsible classmate offers aid. I give them some prompt, whose subject […]

On TV: Why I Like this Show So Much? It's <i>With</i> You

On TV: Why I Like this Show So Much? It's With You

Last TV season I created something of a niche here on Mbird with commentary on NBC’s Parenthood. Although I am excited one of my favorite programs was renewed (after some doubts), I’ve been admittedly uninspired to write on the new season until now. And unlike most posts on current TV programs, this one has no […]

Beavis, Butthead and Aristotle: The Tragic Genius of Mike Judge

Beavis, Butthead and Aristotle: The Tragic Genius of Mike Judge

Catharsis: 1. purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art 2.purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension 3: elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression According to Aristotle’s Poetics, the mark of a good tragedy was whether or not […]