Wait. Do I teach “NPR Voice?”

I recently stumbled across this NYT article from 2015 on "NPR Voice". In it, Teddy Wayne decries what he describes as a "tic" but which really seems to be an entire delivery style. He sums it up as "semi-informal first-person narration". The style uses "looser language" and "generously employs pauses". He doesn't provide any audio examples … Continue reading Wait. Do I teach “NPR Voice?”

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Black Panther, Blackface, and the Chinese Movie Market

At this point, I probably don't have to tell you that Black Panther is a significant film in dozens of ways. (If this is news to you, maybe this Time article will provide some perspective.) This article isn't about what Black Panther means for African Americans, for white non-Africans' perspective of Africa, or for actors and creators … Continue reading Black Panther, Blackface, and the Chinese Movie Market

Where are all the lady occult detectives?

I've got a serious soft spot for modern occult detectives. Investigating things that go bump in the night with a bit of first-person snark and a hefty dose of old-fashioned detective tropes? Trenchcoats and cigarettes and abandoned houses? Shady characters and dangerous liaisons? Sign me UP! I've been thinking about occult detective tropes because I … Continue reading Where are all the lady occult detectives?

Fake and Viral News: Resources for Debate Teachers

The purpose of this post is to provide information literacy resources for speech and debate instructors. For team policy debaters and extempers especially, evaluating sources quickly and effectively is essential. There are many free resources available online, but few suited for forensics clubs. One reason I'm compiling this resource is that most resources on information literacy focus on … Continue reading Fake and Viral News: Resources for Debate Teachers

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Fandom Memoir

Note: This was first posted December 14, 2015. I don’t remember how old I was when I fell in love with Star Wars. But I remember falling hard. I was seven or eight, possibly older. That bit’s not important. The important bit is that my brother and I were too young for space battles, so one night we sat down as … Continue reading In a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Fandom Memoir