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In the classroom

From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Mark Carver (Cumbria): Edgy Humour in the Classroom: A Case Study of Risks and Rewards. Earle F. Zeigler (Western): Poor, Old “Physical Education”. Brian Culp (IUPUI): The Ever-Changing Nature of Physical Education in the United States. Should we teach Plato in gym class? Mark Edmundson wonders. Feminists killed Home Ec. — now they should bring it back for boys and girls. The idea of high-school home-economics


Paper Trail

The last episode of the popular podcast Serial has been released. The final show does not, as most listeners hoped, provide any firm answers about the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Dwight Garner calls it  a “tangled and heartfelt yet frustrating hour of radio.”

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Andre Dubus's best characters

Bibi DeitzAndre Dubus's literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus

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The Dog

We now see a new kind of migration: that of the cosmopolitan, the emigrant, the exile pushed out into the world, spreading away from the imperial center. The protagonists begin in the metropoles and often end up in the provinces. Consummate insiders—bankers, lawyers, doctors, professors—they find themselves on the outside. In a state of seemingly endless movement, this new figure finds him- or herself a perennial stranger.

Interviews

Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum published her first collection of essays, My Misspent Youth (2001), to wide praise. In the title essay, Daum described living in Manhattan as a writer in her mid-twenties, and the difficulty of discerning truth from fantasy in a city that lends itself to easy mythologizing.

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A Store of Half-Knowledge

Charles D'Ambrosio

The essay, at its best, is a genre shaped by the character of its author. Charles D’Ambrosio describes it as “a forum for self-doubt.” The author’s irresolution runs throughout Loitering, his new collection. “We are more intimately bound to one another by our kindred doubts than our brave conclusions,” he notes. By communicating uncertainty, D’Ambrosio eases its isolation.

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