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Assignment 4—Philip Slater’s The Pursuit of Loneliness , writing about literature and choosing topics. Due: Friday, 4/15 In week we’ll move to the essay genre and Philip Slater’s provocative book, The Pursuit of Loneliness . The formal, French definition of “essay” is “attempt” or “effort” and you may begin to feel disillusioned with the way you’ve been taught to write once you start reading essays by serious thinkers. Sure, they’re polished and assertive, but they’re also exploratory and polemical; Slater is grinding an axe, and he fully expects readers to react, challenge, respond, etc. I hope you’ll feel free to start writing this way in this class. Note: Always feel out a professor before going in this authentically academic direction. So many people have been taught to write boring, super-safe, formulaic style “essays,” that they can’t get their heads around anything else.
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