Dueling Librarians' Blog

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Can Literature Be Taught?

  I’ll start this post by dialing back to my sophomore year of college, and the quintessential 20th Century British Fiction class. The syllabus included novels such as Ian McEwan’s Atonement (though it is...

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American Voices: 12 Cultural Archives Educating on Race & Inequality

12 Cultural Archives Teaching About Racial Inequality Through Those Who Experience It There are three topics my mom told me never to discuss in polite company: money, religion, and politics. I can add one...

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A Drinking Guide To Classic Literature

Or, the thinking person’s guide to alcohol No, in this post I will not be telling you what sort of concoctions Edgar Allan Poe imbibed. Nor will I be regaling you with drink recipes...

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Why White Kids Need Diverse Books

Storytelling is a unique human experience. Since society began, we have been sharing stories. Some were simple tales of what took place down at the watering hole. Others explained the origins of the universe....

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Authorial Intent And “The Death Of The Author”

Amy Tan – most well-known for The Joy Luck Club – published The Opposite of Fate, a memoir about her life as an author. It is, to date, one of the best books about...

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Political Glossary Take 2 | 10 Terms to Help Your Navigate A Changing Landscape

Politics is complex and messy, and the current political climate in the US is taking politics to a whole new level. We are inundated with conflicting news reports, new terms, and even some archaic...

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A Drop In The Bucket: Writing With Anxiety And Depression

When Oscar Wilde said, “Work is the curse of the drinking class,” it was certainly hilarious, but it was also indicative of that certain kind of dark humor that many authors are prone to...

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Women’s History Month 2017 | 8 Projects About Women

March is coming to a close and with it, Women’s History Month. To ring out this auspicious time, I have compiled a list of eight women-centric projects. These amazing organization and endeavors seek to...

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Kal And Shaelynn Destroy The World

The black night stretched on. It was deeper and murkier than other nights, clouds obscuring moon and stars alike with a solid bank of cumulus clouds that, like some viscous sludge, refused to give...

Madeleine L'engle Quote | Balancing Creativity 1

Finding Time To Create When All You Want To Do Is Scream

Find your passion and make it happen. I love to write. Writing fulfills a part of my soul that nothing else can. Kisses and cuddles from my son fill my heart with pure joy....