GSP misteaks I hate

As a former teacher of writing, I have several writing errors that just drive me almost literally crazy. Here are just a few, in no particular order. I have probably made a few errors in this post, er, ah, just to test your ability to catch them Good luck! The possessive error, usually the famous its vs. it’s, but sometimes it is the related error: using the possessive when the plural is called for. (Clearly I do not mind ending… I want to read more

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Hey Dude: thoughts on teaching redux

This is an article I wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education under the pseudonym J.R. Egan. It ran in June, 2006. I have since adjusted my thinking somewhat about today’s student. — My reverie about retiring to work at Wal-Mart or Home Depot or anywhere other than where I was at the moment (grading papers while waiting for students to appear during my designated office hours) was broken by someone knocking timorously at my open door. What’s this? A… I want to read more

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The end game, 14: the non-VCU work takes off


After finishing off my Ph.D. work in just under three years, including a re-do of my dissertation research, one would think that it would be time to sit back and relax a bit. Silly people. I must have decided rest was for suckers because that’s not what I did. If anything I began working even harder. I want to read more

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