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Creativity Storytelling Writing

Intersection of Fiction and History

Fiction and reality often intersect in interesting, surprising ways. Actual events merge with the imagined; invented stories draw on and feed back into history. In many ways they’re obviously distinct and identifiable; in other cases differentiation becomes impossible. Such relationships and dichotomies — experience versus invention, reality versus invented stories — came vividly to mind […]

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Education Media Technology Writing

Surfing the Contrails of the CODEX Hackathon

I recently attended my first ever hackathon — and the effects have lingered in surprising ways. CODEX, hosted this winter at the MIT Media Lab, has a unique literary bent: it’s billed as a community of folks who want to imagine the future of books and reading.” As someone excited about technology and storytelling, libraries and information, […]

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Education Writing

How Baseball Works: Three Versions — An exercise in perspective.

An explanation, three times. An exercise in perspective. An experiment in engaging different philosophies of teaching — different ways of constructing, construing, organizing knowledge; drawing on explanatory details from different origins. To begin: a (perhaps deceptively) simple example: the game of baseball.

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Creativity Writing

Writing 750+ Words a Day for 365 Days Straight

When I first set out to start a writing habit, I’d never consciously written on consecutive days, let alone kept a streak alive. What was The Thing that Finally Motivated me to Write Daily? A strange, delightfully masochistic thing called NaNoWriMo. This, too, was something I’d previously observed from afar. It’s a yearly event, a […]

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Life Writing

Mission Statement

Hear ye, hear ye! On this day, a blog is born. But first, a preamble—to briefly address an implicit set of questions you may be asking, namely, what’s this all about, why did I decide to start writing, and what are my hopes and expectations for the site moving forward: I created this site (the […]