The Reading Room

I'm always finding articles online, printing them, filing them somewhere, and then forgetting where I filed them when I want them or forgetting I filed them at all until I happen to run across them again. Hence, "The Reading Room," a place for me to easily keep track of articles I enjoy and might want to read again, didn't have time to read in the first place and want to remember to read later, or want to keep track of for use with students. I don't take responsibility for the content of any of this material. It's just material I found interesting or relevant to some aspect of my life.

Composition and Grammar

I've tried almost all of these techniques. They work!
Fogarty, Mignon. "10 Tips to Banish Typos." Quick and Dirty Tips: Grammar Girl (blog), November 17, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2012 from 

When a reliable source isn't: 
Fogarty, Mignon. "How Do You Tell If Something Is True?" Quick and Dirty Tips: Grammar Girl (blog), August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from

I will give this assignment someday: 
"Kurt Vonnegut's Rules for Reading Fiction: A Term Paper Assignment from the Author of Slaughterhouse Five." Slate, November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012, from

An interesting read about an ancient rhetorical style that's still effective, cliched moody black-and-white subway photo notwithstanding:
Leem, Susan. "Polysyndeton, Asyndeton, and the Rhetoric of Style." On Being [blog], October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from

My favorite losing battle:
Manjoo, Farhad. "Space Invaders: Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period." Slate, January 13, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011, from

Wikipedia works hard to try to make sure its information is accurate. But you're still not allowed to cite it in my class:
Nasaw, Daniel. "Meet the Bots that Edit Wikipedia." BBC News Magazine, July 24, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from

Commas are important, but so is verifying your source:
Romensko, Jim. "FYI: Rachel Ray Does Not Cook Her Family--Or Her Dog." (blog), June 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012, from

The best way to sound smart is to not try to sound smart:
Toor, Rachel. "Becoming a 'Stylish' Writer: Attractive Prose Will Not Make You Appear Any Less Smart." The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012, from 

Why grammar is an important aspect of any job:
Wiens, Kyle. "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why." Harvard Business Review, July 20, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from

Religious Studies

Barrett-Fox, Rebecca. "A Bill Passes, Westboro Baptists Shrug." Religion Dispatches, August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from,_westboro_baptists_shrug. 

Dionne, E. J. "I'm Not Quitting the Church." Washington Post, May 13, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from

Drescher, Elizabeth. "Decoding Rick Warren's Appreciation for Chik-fil-A: When 'Hate' Is the Right Word." Religion Dispatches, August 5, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from

One author's take on the progressive "fundamentals":
Knight, Kimberly. "Stand in the Place Where You Are." Coming Out Christian: Conversations about Being Christian and Gay in America (blog), July 18, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from

Robinson does a good job of articulating many of the reasons I choose to participate in religious community.
Robinson, Sara. "Six Reasons We Can't Change the Future Without Progressive Religion." AlterNet, July 8, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012, from


If you happen to have 45 minutes, watch Dr. Austin explain why we can't agree on what "the founding fathers" would have done.
Austin, Michael: "That's Not What They Meant." Lectured delivered October 25, 2012, at Newman University, Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved November 8, 2012, from

The way to go out:
"Val Patterson: Obituary." Salt Lake Tribune, July 15, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from  

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