An Apple for My Teacher (Louis D. Rubin Jr.) pdf, epub, doc

I like apples, but not all apples.I like crisp, tangy apples.Likewise with nonfiction prose — though what I produce doesn't always fit that description.I don't like applesauce; give me the solid stuff.Oh — and I don't like to find pears in the apple barrel.

With AN APPLE FOR MY TEACHER: TWELVE WRITERS TELL ABOUT TEACHERS WHO MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE, Louis Rubin, Jr. offers the reader a collection of several types of "apples," some varieties more appealing and leaving a longer-lasting taste than others.I wouldn't call any of the narratives "a rotten apple."Yet I will say that, were they alive, the honored teachers of two writers, Alfred Kazin and George Garrett, might ask, "This is an apple?" and "This is for me?"Kazin and Garrett each pay homage to two teachers/coaches; their doing so, however, doesn't account for my finding their pieces less satisfying than the others in the collection.Kazin unfortunately kept his academician's hat on while he composed the tribute, and Garrett seems to have thought that one pays tribute to one's mentors by focusing on oneself.Well, not exactly focusing.When Garrett says, "(Here I should digress — digression being the essence of my style. . . )," I couldn't help mumbling to myself, "no shit."But Garrett, who contributed the longest and most tedious narrative in the collection, DID TEACH me what I have resisted learning since elementary school: Skim, or you will drown.Folks, I just got my level-one skimmer's badge.

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  • Publisher:Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • File: 2.9 Mb
  • Release: 01.03.1987
  • ISBN: 9780912697574
  • Pages 186
  • Rating: 3.7 (2 votes)

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