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Tim Parks says importance of literature overrated

Tim Parks says importance of literature overrated | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
English novelist, literary critic and translator Tim Parks offers a new perspective »»
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9 August 2015

 

I have to admit this article's title caught my eye. 

 

In a "mindful moment," I recognized that I'd gone into an instant auto-reject mode based upon a flood of negative expectations resulting from the title.Yet, I read it though with significant skeptical anticipation. 

 

Though I'd prefer to let you decide whether or not you find value in the article, I did find the following Question and Response a valuable confirmation of one of my own core beliefs regarding the way reading literature sometimes works and sometimes does not work. That belief being that reader readiness is the real key to whether a particular piece of literature works.

 

[The CAPS are mine]

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"There is a crucial question at the beginning of your book: “Do books, after all, change anything?” Have you been able to reach a concise answer for that?

Well, W.H. Auden famously thought they didn't. My own feeling is that in our personal lives, books, like all kinds of other encounters, can change things, for better or worse. I think of books like meetings. Anything can happen. Usually a new acquaintance is quickly forgotten, but SOMETIMES A PARTICULAR MIND AND AND ATTITUDE INTERSECT AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT WITH YOUR DISPOSITION.  And in this case, a book can shift your vision of the world and change the way you think. Beckett did this to me, as did Bernhard and a lesser-known British writer named Henry Green. BUT THESE ARE VERY PERSONAL THINGS. IT DOES NOT ALWAYS DEPEND ON THE QUALITY OF THE BOOK, BUT THE NATURE OF THE TWO MINDS MEETING.

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 The way I have phrased the concept has been,

 

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No two people ever read the same book and no person ever reads the same book twice.

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Ironically, I remember precisely when I first came to this understanding. Not surprisingly, it was a result of a literary reading experience. And even more ironically it was a book I only found slightly intriguing at the time. In fact, it was a book I've never bothered to be interested enough in to re-read. But it is a book that included two sentences that somehow struck an incredibly receptive moment at that intersection with my life at that time. The book was Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I was a college freshman at the time; was just beginning to suspect that I might be emerging from "some sort of' youthful cocoon of blissful ignorance when I came upon this passage,.. 

 

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“But out of all secrets of the river, he today only saw one, this one touched his soul. He saw: this water ran and ran, incessantly it ran, and was nevertheless always there, was always at all times the same and yet new in every moment!"

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Worth remembering when 30 students are sitting on the bank of the river of literary wisdom.
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Jen O'Connor's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:24 PM

The title caught my eye... and piqued my interest.  

 

I agree - no two people read the same book and have the same experience.

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck UPDATED

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck UPDATED | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it

Another classic Google Lit Trip updated in preparation for the new COMING-SOMETIME-SOON completely updated and redesigned website.

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11 October 2014

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IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE USING GOOGLE LIT TRIPS

We're updating almost all existing Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our redesigned website. As each update is completed it is being posted on the current website. Both the current versions and the updated versions will work. However, previous media in previous versions may not continue to work well once the transition is made to the new website.

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 We've just updated the Lit Trip for The Grapes of Wrath. Lots of new media, updated, discussion starters, and supplementary weblinks.  The following Lit Trips have already been updated for the new website ready and are now available on existing website: 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil  Jumper by Julie Cummins

Going Home by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon by Sid Fleishman


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, October 11, 2014 2:56 PM

11 October 2014

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IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE USING GOOGLE LIT TRIPS

We're updating almost all existing Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our redesigned website. As each update is completed it is being posted on the current website. Both the current versions and the updated versions will work. However, previous media in previous versions may not continue to work well once the transition is made to the new website.

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 We've just updated the Lit Trip for The Grapes of Wrath. Lots of new media, updated, discussion starters, and supplementary weblinks.  The following Lit Trips have already been updated for the new website ready and are now available on existing website:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Flotsam by David WiesnerSam Patch Daredevil  Jumper by Julie Cummins

Going Home by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon by Sid Fleishman


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WHOA: This Is What Life Hacks Looked Like 100 Years Ago

WHOA: This Is What Life Hacks Looked Like 100 Years Ago | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
You know... everyone thinks the thought of a life hack is just some new thing created by folks on the internet. But as this Reddit post is showing, people have been thinking of clever ways to create easy solutions for over a hundred years.
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Well, who would have thought ....

 

"CIGARETTES SAVE LIVES!"

 

Let's talk about Informational reading...

 

I found this article pretty interresting. I'd use it in class.

 

With the exception of the very clear labeling indicating that these quite clever and great examples of what might have been at the time fanscinatinging clever examples of out of the box thinking, I couldn't help but wonder about the corporate decision to sell cigarettes without any mention of why someone would want to buy cigarettes, why this particular brand of cigarettes might in some way be considered a better tasting or more convenient or even healthier alternative choice than another brand of cigarettes. (Note that the article includes examples from competing cigarette companies)

 

The deceptive art of misdirection in advertising  is nothing new. 

We live in times when cherry-picking evidence to support our opinions and what passes for debate is too often a matter of who can most "successfully" pull the wool over the eyes of  the inattentive by side-stepping  the obligation of considering the validity of rational counter-arguments. Through deliberate refusal to veer from pre-established talking points.crafted by wordsmiths, handlers, "interested" financial benefactors, (perhaps with the help of an English major or two) to deflect legitimate challenging questions and to transform through repetition exceptions to the rule into what appear to be examples of the rule.

 

Why misdirect in advertising? It works and most importantly consumers don't even know they've been had. 

 

Ask a class of high school students whether or not they are tricked into buying "stuff" by commercials because they happen to be funny, or sexy or bordering or crude, or as in the case of the cigarette ads in this scooped article, actually interesting and useful but at the same time completely and intentionally free of useful information about the product. 

 

Will you be surprised at how many of your students will make some claim to the effect that there may be stupid people enough to be fooled, but they're too smart to fall for it, who at the very same moment are wearing logo-branded clothing turning themselves into walking advertisements?

 

And then ask them if they're even aware of the extent of the extent to which the practice of stealth advertising has permeated their world, particularly the parts of their world that they spend hours a day paying attention to not even realizing they're being sold.. 

 

Some interesting efforts to misdirect perception of the unwitting::

 

Stealth Ads: They're Effective — And Priced To Move

Be sure to watch the Jumping in Jeans video. It's just too cool to wonder whether this was bought and paid for by Levi's!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103827304

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Feed.com has several examples of its ability to place ads sereptiously in front of unquestioning eyes. Besides the Jump into your Jeans campaign there are several more examples of their "fine work" here.: http://feedcompany.com/work/guys-backflip-into-jeans/

 

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And you have to give Feed.com credit. They're perfectly willing to reveal some of the elements employed to deceive and thereby influence viewers eager to be entertained by their clients (un)commercials. 

http://feedcompany.com/#product_and_services

 

IF I WERE DESIGNING AN INFORMATIONAL READING learning experience, I might begin by pre-selecting a few of the videos featured  in this website to casually share in class without revealing the reason why I'd decided to share them with the class.. Though I think it would be important to find the best ones on their original YouTube sites to show them as they were meant to be seen. As well as to let them see how popular they have been.

 

After sharing five or six or so, I'd let the class discuss which were the coolest videos. And, I might after enough time to let the conversation gain momentum, casually ease in questions like, "What kind of people would do such things?" (as though I were enjoying the opportunity to feel superior to the people in the video) Or "Are these people cool? or idiots? or crazy? or, try this, "Are they YOLO"?  (Just in case  this term hasn't crossed your trajectory, it stands for "You Only Live Once:," which has become a mantra in defense of doing just about anything from climbing Mt. Everest to getting totally out of control at a party.)

 

I'd let the conversation roll for awhile leaving enough time to say something like, "Hey, you guys want to see something really cool about these videos? And I'd flip back to the pages on the Feed.com site where they can see "WHO" these people really are. They're all actors being paid by various big companies to make their products attractive without letting you even know what they're up to. 

 

And, I'd leave just enough time at the end of the class period to ask the question, "So how much of this class period was I doing stealth teaching?" and "Did it work?"

 

What might be of interest in a flipped classroom sort of way would be to go through this warm up experience and then send kids home with the assignment to Google "stealth advertising" and to find three articles that are primarily text that are  published on "reliable" websites. They should collect the URLs for the articles they chose to be ready to discuss in class the next day along with a list of the four or five talking points they wanted to remember about the article for class discussion the next day.

 

When I googled "Stealth Advertising" Google provided as usual links to similar searches at the bottom of the first page of results including such related ideas as:

 • fcc targeting stealth advertising
• stealth advertising definition
• stealth advertising examples
• product placement
• stealth ads
• undercover marketing techniques

 

I don't know about this, but I'd guess that even though the assignment specifically limits them to finding articles that are primarily text, I'd bet money that engagement levels might well have them choosing to take some side trips into the area of checking out some of the Images for Stealth Advertising links that they will also see on the first page of results. And, if they happen to mention any of the images they saw while looking at image results or began talking about product placement they had seen ...

 

Well, then I'd take that as a fairly positive assessment indicator of how well I had done in engaging students in some quite important informational reading.

 

p.s. If you want to get crazy about it, either show or suggest that interested students check out the Morgan Spurlock film, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold."

 

It's a movie about making a movie about product placement that is completely funded by product placement.

 

Here's a link to the trailerl

http://www.sonyclassics.com/pomwonderfulpresentsthegreatestmovieeversold/

 

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APS - Snapshots - 6x06 - "Lit Trips" at Swanson Middle School - YouTube

In this week’s episode, Snapshots profiles a new program created by social studies supervisor Cathy Hix that links history, literacy and technology. “Lit Tri...
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10 December 2014

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Though many people use the term "Google Lit Trips" not realizing that the term is actually the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit, I've always been flattered by those educators who incorporate the concept in their classroom practice.

 

This is one of the best articulations of the Google Lit Trips concepts I've found on the web.

 

The educators behind the video have really nailed some of the most important elements of the pedagogical vision behind the Lit Trips project. And, the students clearly represent some of the most desired outcomes targeted by the Google Lit Trip vision.

 

I was particularly excited to see that they have used the basic pedagogical foundations to engage students, not only in exploring the journeys of characters from literature they are reading, but also to explore the value of telling their own journey stories.

 

Many thanks to educators such as Cathy Hix, Emily Halley and Tony Philippon for their wonderful articulations of the unique qualities that help Google Lit Trips "go beyond" more traditional literacy resources.

 

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Journey Videos: The Journey Begins... (1 of 4)

Follow our Journey at: www.GrapesofWrath75.org This video covers the first 3 days of the Steinbeck Center's Journey from Oklahoma to California. The video wa...
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If you teach Grapes of Wrath or just love the story, you'll appreciate this recent project conducted by The National Steinbeck Center.

 

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On Oct. 4, three esteemed, award-winning artists -- playwright Octavio Solis, visual artist Patricia Wakida and filmmaker P.J. Palmer -- set out on the road with the National Steinbeck Center to retrace the journey that The Grapes of Wrath's Joad family took along America's Route 66. The artists and the center are travelling through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, just as the Joads did at the height of the Dust Bowl—toward California and their hopes of a better life. 

The artists are blogging throughout the Journey at www.GrapesofWrath75.org. They are inviting public collaboration and feedback through multiple social media channels. This entire trip is being documented by a film crew and shared as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration in 2014."

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As the journey continues, they'll be adding more videos to this site.


You can also download the recently updated version of the Grapes of Wrath Google Lit Trips by clicking the  "Download 9-12 Titles" link on this page: http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Downloads_etc..html


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