Before You Enter Class: 

You should have shared with me Formal Essay #5. 

Wednesday is preceptor advising day — classes canceled.

Notes for Class Today: 

“No ideas but in things.”

Objective Correlative: The person, place or thing that carries the emotional burden of a piece of art.

Found in all art; a special relevance in non-fiction writing.  


Informal Essay #7: Debunk some bullshit! Read this. Then, do some research on a subject that really chaps your ass. Find something in the mainstream media that has been reported in such a way as to make it seem true. Then, do some more scholarly research and make the case that the initial issue is really just bullshit. This is a short argument (under two pages is fine), and you only need the two sources described above (though don’t shy away from using either of the two sources we discussed today, also don’t hesitate to find more than one source with which to debunk your bullshit). It is my hope that you have to do some fruitless researching before you stumble upon this one.

Informal Essay #8: Discern Your Own Credibility…regionally. Go to the homepage of your local, hometown paper. Here’s some help:

The Asbury Park Press (middle of the state…Ocean to Monmouth)

AC Press (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland & Salem counties),

The Bergen Record (Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex)

The Courier Post (western South Jersey)

The Star Ledger & Jersey Journal (cover most of the northern & middle of the state; have the same publishers and same web site)

Pick an article about a local issue, community coverage is ok, but may be harder to do (don’t do sports). Pick something, ideally, on the county or state level. While regional news doesn’t care the credibility we would expect for college terms papers, it should still be somewhat credibility. Using the Quality discernment tool from class, decide if the article can be considered “worthy.” Write about the process in no less than a page and a half.


Informal Essay #9: Objective Correlative & more. Write a reaction to David Foster Wallace’s very, very, very famous food article “Consider the Lobster.” Use any and all reading devices we have learned in class to write an analytical reaction to the piece. Make some point to its quality or answer the author’s thesis or simply explain what’s “boiling” (see what I did there? lobster…boiling…see it? huh? huh?) under the surface. HINT: this is much more than a food article. Wallace’s article is widely considered one of the best ever written…weigh in.