Comma Queen

The blog of a first year writing teacher.

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We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
Thich Nhat Hanh (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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Everybody has a hard job. All real work is hard. My work happened also to be undoable. Morning after morning for 50 years, I faced the next page defenseless and unprepared. Writing for me was a feat of self-preservation. If I did not do it, I would die. So I did it. Obstinacy, not talent, saved my life. It was also my good luck that happiness didn’t matter to me and I had no compassion for myself. Though why such a task should have fallen to me I have no idea. Maybe writing protected me against even worse menace.
Philip Roth in a recent New York Times interview describing his life as a writer (via fortunenglory)

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When I left this afternoon, my classroom smelled like an armpit. Straight up armpit. Not like your nose was around an armpit. Like your nose was stuffed in an armpit.

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Stuff You Missed in History Class
China's Foot Binding Tradition


For many, the Chinese tradition of foot binding calls up immediate, unpleasant (or perhaps infuriating) connotations. And while the practice was undoubtedly painful and debilitating for many Chinese women and girls – and it affected virtually every facet of their lives – its thousand-year history is layered with additional meaning, which we explore in today’s episode.

Here’s a link to our notes and sources.

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