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Hodgepodge 8/7/17

August 7, 2017

PBS is searching for the Great American Book (BookRiot) Oh, this is going to be interesting….

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reads about everything from redheads to wartime.  (New York Times) She admits her books “are not what you would call organized” even as they reflect her varied interests. She loves cozy mysteries. And of course, she has the best answer to “what’s the last great book you read?”

That is a difficult question because books are a little like a good meal. You enjoy it and remember it, but you are always looking forward to the next one.

This only reinforces my case of hero worship. Long may she reign.

Can Jay-Z Help Students Read James Joyce? (J-STOR)
I like this, not just for the idea of engaging with rap and hip-hop as a gateway to exploring “more traditional” poetry in English classes (which I’ve seen before in various forms, but for this quote from Jay-Z:

McKeown begins by quoting Jay Z himself: “Great rap should have all kinds of unresolved layers that you don’t necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it. Instead it plants dissonance in your head.” McKeown points out the similarities between rap and poetry: “A poet’s mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.”

It’s a really good reminder that there’s a whole realm of lyrics and meanings that I really don’t know, and could learn. I ‘d like to take a class on hip hop and rap lyrics myself!

Why is Winnie the Pooh called a Pooh? (MentalFloss) I’d always wondered this.

The entire thread below is a delight.

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