A Late May Playlist

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment


She & Him Volume 3 is such a delight that I’m making it my late May playlist (it’s almost June!)

  1. I’ve Got Your Number, Son
  2. Never Wanted Your Love
  3. Baby
  4. I Could’ve Been your Girl
  5. Turn to White
  6. Somebody Sweet to Talk To
  7. Something’s Haunting You
  8. Together
  9. Thrill Me, Kiss Me
  10. Snow Queen
  11. Sunday Girl
  12. London
  13. Shadow of Love
  14. Reprise (I Could’ve Been Your Girl)

Words of Note

April 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman’s convocation address to The University of the Arts.

“First of all: When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.

This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can” -Neil Gaiman

Dirty Words

April 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White is my ‘little grammar bible’. Really, I have yet to find a book that does it better. Then I found this:

1“One glance at your friend’s blog should tell you everything you need to know about the sorry state of the English language. This book gives you the tools you need to stop looking like an idiot on message boards and in interoffice memos. Grammar has never before been so much fucking fun” -Baker and Hansen


So, I obviously bought it (and can’t wait to start teaching writing again in May).

4 1/2 Stars

April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

What Roger Ebert knew about writing.Thumbs Up!

Thumbs Up!


MLA ‘How To’

April 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

The list of works cited at the end of a piece of writing is usually more dreaded than the writing itself. So dreadful a task are citations that we’ve invented tools, like RefWorks, to do it for us.

There are a wide range of styles for citation. MLA is The Modern Language Association of America’s style guide and is common in the arts and humanities. It’s one that my students in Communication studies frequently use, and so I get a number of questions about how to cite various documents accord to MLA.

Many of my students are not aware that there is such a thing as an MLA handbook and rely on the university library’s website for instructions on citation methods. Unbeknownst to them, MLA is more than a style of citation. It provides guidelines on everything from page formatting to research and thesis statement development.

So, here are some of the highlights from the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook:

Formatting your Document


Margins & Indentation

Except for page numbers, margins should be 1 inch on the right, left, top, and bottom of the page. Paragraphs should be indented 1/2″ from the left margin.

Page numbers

Should be consecutive and 1/2″ from the top right hand corner of every page. Place your last name before the page number (this is in case a page is misplaced).

Text Formatting

Use a readable font. Times New Roman is boring but will do. Double space all text including the header and in between paragraphs.

Heading & Title

Notice that MLA doesn’t use a title page. The header should appear in the following order: your name, student number, instructor’s and/or TA’s name, course code, and date. Your paper should have an original title. Do not italicize or underline the title.

Publication Information

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Formatting Citations

Book by a single author:

Last name, First name. Title of the book. Place of publication: publisher, year. Print

Ex. Silverman, Kaja. The Subject of Semiotics. New York: Oxford University press, 1983. Print

Journal article in an online database:

Last name, First name. “Title of the article.” Journal Title volume. issue (year): page range. Name of Journal Database. Web. Date of access.

Ex. Arvidsson, Adam. Journal of Consumer Culture 5.235 (2005): 235-258. Sage. Web. 6 April 2013.

These are just the two most common types of documents that undergraduate students use in their research and writing. MLA (along with all other methods of citation) has instructions for citing newspaper articles, websites, films, translations, poetry, works in a compilation and the list goes on.

If you encounter something not covered in the MLA handbook or are in doubt about a citation, ask your librarian or instructor.

Brand YOU!

April 4, 2013 § Leave a comment


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Is self-branding really a necessary strategy for success in this increasingly complex corporate world? Facebook, like MySpace before it, has precipitated a kind of mediated self-branding never before possible. Whether in the form of a pin, tweet, photo, like, or share, social networking has undoubtedly contributed to a shift in the way we market ourselves to future employers. But where is the line between promotionalism and professionalism?

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Words of Note

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment