"When Harper Lee, of ‘Mockingbird,’ Corresponded With Opus the Penguin’s Creator"
"No, you’re crying over the Waffle House server winning a scholarship after helping elderly customer"

"Three Ways Declining English Departments Can Be Relevant Again"

O.K., but I'll add three more:

  1. Teach students to write better.
  2. Why not mix in some non-fiction? Who said "English" or even "English Literature" has to be just fiction? I don't have any evidence, but I'd bet that most Americans read--and write--more non-fiction rather than fiction.
  3. When discussing fiction the focus should not be on archetypes and themes and symbolism and other stuff English Lit majors are trained in and fans of. It should be simply on this: Why, exactly, is this worth reading?

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