Generally speaking the book is a travelogue, chronicling Larkin's search for information on Orwell as she travels Burma, spending time in each space that Orwell spent time in while a member of the Imperial Police force. The book is broken up into these five "postings" of Orwell's, Mandalay, The Delta, Rangoon, Moulmein and Katha. I found the whole of the book interesting, but since one of my favorite Orwell works is Burmese Days, which takes place in Moulmein, I probably enjoyed that chapter the most. Larkin visits the actual buildings remaining from Orwell's time in the region, even the Lackersteen's house, along with the Club. Anyone who has read Burmese Days and enjoyed it will also enjoy this chapter, if not the whole text.
|Last night I shaved my head, with some help from my wife Rachel and some support, if you can call it that, from our son Tobias. My pate is not entirely smooth, though I wish it were. Rachel likes it, and I like the looks of it too (except for the pasty whiteness where there used to be hair). I wonder how much work it will be shaving not just my face, but my head. Right now my head feels like 200 grit sandpaper. T-shirts snag on it rather than sliding smoothly. The only real concern, beyond sunburn, is that I'll need some sort of skull-cap while cycling to keep the sweat from dripping into my eyes, which happened anyway with what little hair I had.|
On the way home, on I-84 I think it is, that runs east from Portland, OR to many such illustrious American cities as Boise, Pocatello and more, we passed a good many tractor trailers. But one in particular caught my eye. As we pulled up to the rear of the trailer, I noticed a hand-lettered sign in red, white and blue (what could be more patriotic?).
I had only recently, as near as I can remember, met John f2f, at that was at the C's. John had been a presence on techrhet and at times on the email@example.com list. I really didn't know much about him except for what I read of his writing. On occasion I'd go to his blog (see the link above) and see what he had to say, but that was it. But that changed, at least a bit, at the C's.
"Scott McCloud's Big Triangle and New Media Composition"
"Electronic Rhetoric in the Classroom: Hypertext, Argument and Student Writing" changed to "Choose your Own Adventure: The Complexities of Teaching Hyptext in the Classroom"
"Empowering Teachers with Sharepoint"
(http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/sorapure/accouting.html for examples of student work) No clear standards for assessing student multi-modal student work. Dearth of publications on such assessement. Strategies and criteria ought to be made explicit, whether mono or multi-modal assignments.
"Blogging in the Distance Course: Community through Freepost and Coursepost Entries"
Each student creates and authors a blog in blogger. Used "ringsearch" to find and classmates blogs. Students required to post "freepost" at least once a week, open theme, student directed, of interest to students. "Coursepost" was to repsond to particular class content. Included responses to found and assigned readings. Responses to reading didn't generate any discussion. ASked to respond at least twice a week to other student blogs.