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Monthly Archives: March 2013

What do English Majors do? (my speech at the Sigma Tau Delta induction)

I love bridges. I grew up in rural Washington State, with a creek running behind my backyard, and a river running between my house and everything I needed to get to. When I waited for the bus each morning on the country bridge spanning the small Newaukum River, I always tried to find the exactly … Continue reading »

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Obama Drama (A pentadic criticism of his sequester statement)

Drama.¬†We love it. Movies, television, fiction, political theatre, sports and spectacle. Life is drama, or at least that is how we make sense of life. The 20th century rhetorician Kenneth Burke saw drama everywhere, saw it as a way that people constructed their realities. While the material world is perceived by our five senses, we … Continue reading »

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