A regular reader of this blog recently wrote with the following quandary: Q: It drives me crazy when I hear someone say “It’s not dissimilar to…” or “It’s not unlike...” THEN IT’S SIMILAR OR IT’S LIKE, YOU IDIOT! Please explain this language phenomenon... Continue Reading →
"It wasn't so much wanting to write a book as realizing I had a book to write."
The main thing to remember when you’re writing a paper for a literature course is that you’re not just letting your professor know that you did the reading. Rather, you’re making a point about the text.
While you will certainly include a little bit of summary in your paper, your main job is to make a point about the text.
The kind of reading you do in a literature course is most likely different from reading that you do for pleasure.
One thing I've noticed over the years is that some of the students in my literature courses have trouble making the transition from writing about more "general" topics in composition courses to writing about literature in my American and Contemporary Literature courses.
Oct. 6, 2004: I met Jonathan Lethem today, but I accidentally made somewhat of an ass of myself.