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From my actual syllabus:

"Eight discussion topics will be posted... you need to comment and then respond to other students' comments at least once.These comments must be substantive..."

I get credit for doing what I have been doing on the internet every day for 7 years? OKAY.

(This is probably just like any other syllabus in an online course, but it's new to me, so...)

Also: If you have a really exciting suggestion of an AUTOBIOGRAPHY I should read for my paper in this class (Human Growth & Development) speak up. The given options are currently:

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Laughing in the Dark by Patrice Gaines
Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
Easier Said by LeRoy Battle

It says I can petition to do a paper on something else though so have at.



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May. 19th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Audre Lorde: ZAMI perhaps?
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May. 24th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh! Thanks! Maybe I will read that one.
May. 19th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
not angela's ashes, unless you don't really care if a book has punctuation or not.
May. 20th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I really don't feel like reading that. If I choose one of the ones listed it'll probably be Obama's.
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May. 20th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
A very good suggestion. I might read it online, but I have a block on reading online for an assignment. I mean, reading a whole book.
May. 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
It's been argued that Angela's Ashes is, in reality, fiction. I bet Mark Twain's would be great. I haven't read it.

P.T. Barnum's was really interested. A circus man becomes a policy maker.

This ask.metafilter thread looks like a goldmine of ideas: http://ask.metafilter.com/15268/Quirky-autobiography-suggestions
May. 20th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
I think the Mark Twain one is too long. I'm hoping to not make it too hard on myself. :)
May. 19th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Timothy Leary's Flashbacks?
May. 20th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Somehow, I doubt she'll approve that one, although I'd totally read it.
May. 19th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
My Mother's House, by Colette
This Boy's Life or In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff
Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick
Paradise, Piece by Piece by Molly Peacock
etc. etc. etc.

What tickles your fancy? I read nonfiction for two years straight.

May. 20th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
I like to read about um... musicians... and um... people who have a positive outlook on life. Does that narrow it down? When it comes to biography/autobiog I just don't read enough of them to know.
May. 20th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr is wonderful. She has some abysmal experiences but is so damn funny it's just beautiful. Mockingbird Years by Emily Fox Gordon is fascinating and smart. Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp is stunning. I'm not sure she has a positive outlook but she is so analytical and clear -- her writing is like crystal.

Bob Dylan's Chronicles is supposed to be amazing for the language, for the flow. Also there are some rip roaring good yarns.
May. 20th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I am overwhelmed with possibilities!
May. 20th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
I have Boy George's TAKE IT LIKE A MAN if you want to borrow that one!
May. 19th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
certificate of absence
life_unexamined found the lack of comment notification to be problematic when he had to do that for school.

i did my master's thesis on a book called en breve carcél by an argentine woman named sylvia molloy. it was technically an autobiography, but it was heavily influenced by french feminism. i haven't read it in years, but i'm willing to bet that it's more interesting than most of the books on that list ... but it's waaaay out of print, so ignore that last part.
May. 20th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: certificate of absence
thanks for the tip - but yeah i should get something i can get my hands on soon! not to mention something my teacher will approve.
May. 19th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls was engrossing.

Funny thing about the online portion - I do that with my students. I created a livejournal and ask a question and they have to answer it and then respond to at least one other comment. That will get them a C. The more discussions they have, the higher the grade.

It's currently locked, but I'll probably unlock it in a few weeks.
May. 20th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Oooh. I really like the sound of that Glass Castle book. It also sounds like something that would please a psych teacher. Thanks!

That's exactly what we have to do - answer it but also respond to another comment.
May. 20th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
What do I know about? Food books, of course.

My Life in France is terribly romantic, and captures Julia Child's spirit and voice much better than her deathly dull biography. I'm a big fan of M.F.K. Fisher, and this one is the best of her series of memoirs. And I loved both Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl, again, because they are very well-written.
May. 20th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Hrmm... I probably need something that goes from early life all the way through adulthood. Apart from that the Julia Child book sounds nice. :)
May. 20th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
She does talk about her whole life, though. Just not in the mind-numbing detail her official bio goes into--which is a blessing, because I do not care very much about her great-grandparents or her father's business strategies.

You could, like, go to the library and see which ones strike your fancy? I know, no one goes to an actual library anymore. But that's my technique for narrowing down the choices.
May. 20th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Ah, but there you are wrong! I do go to the library. Sometimes it's easier to get work done there.
May. 20th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I really liked Angela's Ashes, I would definitely recommend it.
May. 20th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Jackie Chan has an autobiography.
May. 20th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
What- no JT LeRoy?(j/k)
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