Today's episode is a bit of a catch-up / breather: I'm answering a few listener questions and emails and, along the way, returning to some of the podcast's ongoing topics of interest.
Topics like… statue activism, book clubs (I ask: why do some last and some don't?), recording the podcast, teaching challenging texts, and the often energizing circumstance of teaching students who think English is a whole bunch of bullshit. I hope you enjoy!
- Check out Tonya Davidson's work on statues. Thank you, Jean, for pointing me to her scholarship!
- Other episodes mentioned here include 1.1 Interview with Jade McDougall / Marilyn Dumont's “Letter to Sir John A Macdonald,” 1.4 Interview with Alice Munro Book Club Members / Alice Munro's Dear Life, 1.12 Interview with Taylor Brown / Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian, and 1.14 Interview with Rebekah Ludolph / Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child.
- Watch and enjoy HAIM's music video for “The Steps.” 😀
- Today's episode image features Carl, my backpack-wearing Build-a-Bear moose and podcasting companion. Hey Carl!
- See more about Jody Lerat and Melody Wood's art project Uncensored.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As you'll hear in this episode, I'd love to hear from you if you have been in a longstanding book club and have thoughts about why it has lasted so long, and I'd also love to hear from other folks who have taught Marian Engel's Bear.
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