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Focus on literary journalism (blog)

1 May 2020

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Another blog on literature and journalism written by Ronald R. Rodgers

Journalism and literature on blogger


an excerpt:

Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Learning to Read

Learning to Read by Malcolm X – 1 –
“Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, Malcolm X was one of the most articulate and powerful leaders of black America during the 1960s. A street hustler convicted of robbery in 1946, he spent seven years in prison, where he educated himself and became a disciple of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam. In the days of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X emerged as the leading spokesman for black separatism, a philosophy that urged black Americans to cut political, social, and economic ties with the white community. After a pilgrimage to Mecca, the capital of the Muslim world, in 1964, he became an orthodox Muslim, adopted the Muslim name El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, and distanced himself from the teachings of the black Muslims. He was assassinated in 1965. In the following excerpt from his autobiography (1965), coauthored with Alex Haley and published the year of his death, Malcolm X describes his self-education.

It was because of my letters that I happened to stumble upon starting to acquire some kind of a homemade education.

I became increasingly frustrated. at not being able to express what I wanted to convey in letters that I wrote, especially those to Mr. Elijah Muhammad. In the street, I had been the most articulate hustler out there – I had commanded attention when I said something. But now, trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t even functional. How would I sound writing in slang, the way I would say it, something such as, “Look, daddy, let me pull your coat about a cat, Elijah Muhammad-“

Many who today hear me somewhere in person, or on television, or those who read something I’ve said, will think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade. This impression is due entirely to my prison studies.

It had really begun back in the Charlestown Prison, when Bimbi first made me feel envy of his stock of knowledge. Bimbi had always taken charge of any conversations he was in, and I had tried to emulate him. But every book I picked up had few sentences which didn’t contain anywhere from one to nearly all of the words that might as well have been in Chinese. When I just skipped those words, of course, I really ended up with little idea of what the book said. So I had come to the Norfolk Prison Colony still going through only book-reading motions. Pretty soon, I would have quit even these motions, unless I had received the motivation that I did.

I saw that the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary – to study, to learn some words. I was lucky enough to reason also that I should try to improve my penmanship. It was sad. I couldn’t even write in a straight line. It was both ideas together that moved me to request a dictionary along with some tablets and pencils from the Norfolk Prison Colony school.”


Learning to read (Malcolm X)


The blog includes several cultural links on writing style, guides, curious texts. There is a particular site dedicated to Literary Journalism Studies which deserves a place on its own:

International Association of Literary Journalism Studies


And what’s more, some articles on Literary Journalism



PhD, sophomore

“We may learn English while we are sleeping”

15 March 2019

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1/learning vocabulary

“A new study shows that we could learn vocabulary while we are sleeping. This is great news for students struggling to learn a new language. It is also good for anyone who is trying to expand their knowledge of words. Researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland have shown that it is possible to learn new information while we are sleeping deeply, and then recall this information when we need it after we wake up. This new information includes foreign language vocabulary.” (…)

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2/on Fortnite

“The video game Fortnite is more popular than television, movies and streaming videos among young people. This is according to the video streaming service Netflix. Gaming is becoming more and more popular with young people worldwide. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was now more of a competitor than HBO – another popular streaming company. Fortnite is much more popular with young men. A study from the American Economic Association found that between 2015 and 2017, men aged between 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming. Their playing rose from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while time spent on watching TV, movies or streaming fell.” (…)

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“Why I hate school but I love education”

4 June 2016

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Darryll Suliaman Amoako (born 26 January 1988), better known by his stage name Suli Breaks, is an English spoken word poet. He is best known for his spoken word videos on his YouTube channel sulibreezy. He is best known for his 2012 video “Why I Hate School but Love Education” and his 2013 video “I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate”.

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Aristotle´s quote

16 October 2015

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Do not always say “beautiful” and try using “exquisite”

14 October 2015

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dead poets

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Un toque personal a la educación de los alumnos

21 July 2014

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2 girls police

( alumnas de @BarrowfordSch )

La directora de una escuela inglesa envía una carta a sus alumnos de Educación Primaria en la que incluye las calificaciones de unas pruebas académicas. Rachel Tomlinson, directora de Barrowford School (Reino Unido), recuerda a los niños en la misiva que los resultados de los exámenes no contienen todo lo bueno que tanto ella como sus padres y profesores saben de ellos.


“Querido alumno,

Encuentra los resultados de la prueba en esta carta. Estamos muy orgullosos de ti por el modo en que has mostrado tu gran capacidad de compromiso y porque lo has intentado hacer lo mejor que supiste esta semana tan dura. Sin embargo, queremos decirte que estos test no siempre certifican todo lo que hace de cada uno de vosotros un ser especial y único. La gente que prepara y puntúa estas pruebas no os conocen a cada  uno de vosotros como os conocen los profesores, como yo creo conoceros ni por supuesto como os conocen vuestros padres. La gente que prepara estas pruebas no sabe que muchos de vosotros habláis dos idiomas, no saben que podéis tocar un instrumento musical, no saben que sabéis bailar, no saben que podéis pintar un cuadro. Ellos no saben que tus amigos pueden contar contigo ni saben que tu risa puede iluminar el día más aburrido. Ellos no saben que escribes poesía y canciones, no saben que participas en algunos deportes y que te preocupa el futuro o que a veces cuidas de tu hermano pequeño o tu hermana después de la escuela. No saben que has viajado a un lugar limpio ni saben que tú sabes cómo contar una gran historia. Ellos no saben que te gusta pasar el tiempo con tu familia y tus amigos. Ellos no saben que puedes ser una persona en quien confiar, amable, reflexiva ni que intentas ser mejor día a día. Los puntos que consigas en la prueba dirán algo de ti pero no te dirán todo, así que disfruta con orgullo de ellos y recuerda que hay muchas maneras de ser inteligente”

Headteacher (Barrowford School, UK)

Suggestions for a change in the educative system

9 March 2013

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*global syllabus from an Administration Committee (all Communities represented)

*unique examinations the same day for all Communities

*weekly inspection work : support and guidance to teachers

*qualifications depending on Administration Committee and teachers from every school every term. Discuss percentage of responsibilities

*recycling strategies of teaching in the classroom

I want to be up on the hill, in summer

13 October 2012

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Summerhill, UK

Yes, I want to be there and stay for some time. Despite the fact that I believe in discipline, order and testing students I have the necessity of this experience there in the UK. I read the wonderful book years ago and I loved it, the whole idea of democracy, debate, creativity and free will. Yes, I want to be there, up on the hill in summer, in Summerhill. I would fancy being a member of that education independent country.

Go, lovely Rosie

6 April 2012

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I keep on waiting on a friend. I am waiting on an English friend to talk to. Wherever you are let me remind you that I need a colleague, a mate, a penpal.

Yes, I love the idea of someone in touch. I would like to ask questions on books and life and art. Oh, I would love to be in the know. I want to see the way the English people informally talk.

Yes, I need learning about language and culture and life. Go, lovely Rosie, go!

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