17 September 2013—From the Geil Archive: Naming Un-Conventions
|[a] Text and illustration RF|
|[b] Reaching, teaching RF|
Teach it, really.
You owe it to yourself to listen to this long interview with McPhee. At the very least, listen to the first two minutes. It is the very purpose behind this assignment.
Your reader doesn't. Make it make sense.
d. You must have at least one illustration. Think about "the rhetorical role of
illustrations" in the New York Review of Books.
Voilà you will have something not unlike what Alexis de Tocqueville might have written about understanding a complex, foreign culture that baffled and enticed him 180 years ago. While your letter won’t be as long as Democracy in America, it is likely—if it is done well—to be much like Tocqueville’s rich and evocative letters back to his family about encountering people, texts, and institutions in a strange land called the United States.
You get the idea. If you don't, just raise your hand and ask me (or send me an e-mail message). I'll be happy to help.
(because of the Beloit College Internet Outage, and the fact
that many students had no access to Google Docs)
|[e] And then you may rest RF|