Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

☞ Lest you thought that the capacity to distinguish fact from fiction is a natural ability… This is a progressive ability of course, with children not always being able to distinguish fact from fiction. However, if the ability is not enhanced in later years, it might prove problematic. Thus the urge to ensure that teens are competent in news literacy, which includes the ability to distinguish fact from fiction.

❝When Ife Adelona saw a picture circulating on Twitter of singer Selena Gomez as an adult magazine cover girl, the 17-year-old knew what she had to do.

“I immediately went for a second source to make sure it wasn’t true,” Ife said.

A quick Web search confirmed the Montgomery Blair High School student’s instincts: The photo was a fake.

“Second source” is more a journalist’s jargon than part of a teen’s everyday vocabulary. But with information so readily available via social media, the Internet and traditional news sources, educators say news literacy — teaching students how to identify credible information and good journalism — is increasingly important.❞

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A Little Blog of Books

‘Blindness’ by José Saramago is a fable about an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness which has unsurprisingly chaotic consequences.  The story begins with a man suddenly going blind as he is waiting in his car at some traffic lights.  Several other characters who come into contact with him also lose their sight.  The blind are quarantined in a mental asylum and left to fend for themselves but criminals soon gain control as society rapidly breaks down completely.  Only the doctor’s wife is still able to see for unknown reasons but she doesn’t reveal this fact.  Can she still help the others?

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Infant Spidey

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Fantasy, Fiction

Changed history of spidey — mutant when he was a baby. Or was that a premonition of things to come?

Arnold Zwicky's Blog

 in a Bizarro from 2010 (posted on Facebook by Dean Galbreath):

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“The truth is, we need popular fiction in our lives as accepted parts of the literary world. In one of my first creative writing workshops, the professor urged us to avoid “genre” fiction, claiming it was lazy writing. Over the course of the semester, many stories were shared, the majority of them lackluster, and, to be frank, boring (mine were no exception). The class was inundated with dysfunctional relationships and the daily tribulations of young urbanites.

One day a student turned in a piece that showed real promise. It was a children’s story, for around the same age as Bailey School Kids or Boxcar Children. It concerned a school for supervillain children, and one student who didn’t want to grow up into the next Lex Luthor, but instead wanted to become a tailor.

The story was, in a word, delightful. It was fun, clever, well constructed; I could see it selling well as a series or being the talk of the Scholastic Book Club. The entire class loved it, and told the writer so.

The professor tore it apart. Called it “juvenile” and said that it “wasn’t really literature, which is what we’re trying to write here.”

I was shocked. Even on a purely technical level, this was one of the better written pieces we had seen so far, and yet here the professor was, decrying it, with all of the knowledge accumulated from his three or four published stories.”

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☞ The incident mentioned by Nathan Elwood above was unfortunate. There is certainly a place for popular literature in creative writing classes, and most examples of popular literature can also be described as genre fiction. The students (and Elwood) might have attended a course for writing serious literature, but it is not always easy to determine beforehand if this was what they paid for, and if the teacher had a more liberal attitude towards fiction in general.