Monthly Archives: January 2015

Neologisms from the Blizzard of 2015

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Bombogenesis: a scientific term that the Weather Channel has popularized because it combines suggestions of the destructive power of heavy ordinance and associations with the Biblical story of the origins of life—that is, it suggests re-creation out of the maelstrom. Here is the explanation from the Weather Channel’s website: “Bombogenesis.…

Deflategate: On the Off-Chance That You Have Not Already Had Enough of It

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
The neologism of the month appears to be “Deflate-gate,” though the issue surrounding the deflation of the footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game has also inspired the neologism “Ballghazi” and the pun “The Cheatriots.” Yeesterday “Deflategate” was the lead story on all four nightly…

America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 30-32.

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Kiefer, Warren.  Outlaw. New York: Dutton, 1989. Warren Kiefer has had a colorful life in which he has pursued diverse interests. In the mid-1950s he was the manager of public relation in Latin America for Pfizer International.  Then, between 1958 and 1965, he made more than two dozen documentary films…

Why We Keep Reading—and Why We Don’t

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
It is usually more difficult to teach students how to frame an essay—how to write effective introductory and concluding paragraphs—than how to organize and develop the body of an essay. Likewise, models of effective framing paragraphs in academic writing are more difficult to locate than those in media writing simply…