The Reading Under the Gun (or RUG" was a timed writing assignment. I gave students a limited period of time, a short text, some provoking questions, and required them to write until I said stop. The assignment was worth five points. Even if you answered the questions wrong or went off topic, so long as [...]


How do you stop the hurt of having to breathe? —Toi Derricotte from The Telly Poems "His father would say, 'You are not good for your own sake. That probably isn’t even possible. You are good as a courtesy to everyone around you. Keeping a promise or breaking it, telling the truth or lying—these things [...]