From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project:

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Syllabic Cycles (10)—New York Review Questions

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Syllabic Cycles"
One year ago on Round and Square (5 September 2012)—The Cortex Chronicles: Punting
Two years ago on Round and Square (5 September 2011)—Displays of Authenticity: Canine Devotion
[a] Marked RF
New York Review of Books Questions
All Classes
Autumn 2013
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New York Review of Books: 
Questions to Ask of Every Review 
          1. What is the title? 

          2. Who is the author (check the Table of Contents page…and maybe Google™)? 

          3. How is the bibliographical information organized? 

          4. How is the essay divided? 

          5. How does the author begin the essay?
                    5a. What is the opening sentence?
                    5b. How are the opening paragraphs organized?  
                    5c. What is the end of the beginning? 

          6. How does the author end the essay?
                    6a. How does the text end? 
                    6b. How are the closing paragraphs organized?
                    6c. What is the beginning of the end?
                    6d. What is the closing sentence?
          7. At what level is the essay written?  

          8. Who is the audience? 

          9. What kind of essay strategies does the author use? 

        10. What is the rhetorical role of illustrations in the text?

        11. Are there any unintended "juxtapositions" near the text (e.g advertisements)?

        12. After reading the essay, be able to describe the implied author.

        13. On a scale of 0-100, what is your estimate of the author's "engagement with the text?" Zero is completely self-absorbed ("all about" him/her). 100 is a book report, with almost no sense whatsoever of the reviewer. Both extremes are impossible, of course, but think of a number that reflects your interpretation. 
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