Join the Papercuts

Extra Credit Opportunity

What

Part of becoming a better writer is keeping yourself connected to the world of writing; after all, you wouldn't expect a great football player never to watch football or a great musician never to go to a concert, would you?

A great way to get connected to writing is to join a book club because it gives you a bit of peer pressure to actually read a book and then a low-stakes environment in which to talk about what you read. To that end, I invite you to join the world's greatest, most illustrious, and most rowdy book club: the Papercuts.

The Papercuts will be meeting twice this semester, and you're invited to attend any and all meetings for fun and for extra credit. (No, you don't actually have to read the book to attend.) Here are the details:

Tuesday, May 28, at 8:00pm

cover of educated Educated
by Tara Westover

From Amazon: "Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student. When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what it was (no, really). That’s because she didn’t see the inside of a classroom until the age of seventeen. Public education was one of the many things her religious fanatic father was dubious of, believing it a means for the government to brainwash its gullible citizens, and her mother wasn’t diligent on the homeschooling front.... For those of us who took our educations for granted, who occasionally fell asleep in large lecture halls (and inconveniently small ones), it’s hard to grasp the level of grit—not to mention intellect—required to pull off what Westover did."

We will meet in the Crossroads near the Lost and Found desk. Feel free to bring snacks.

Thursday, June 27, at 8:00pm

cover of ex libris Ex Libris
by Anne Fadiman

From Amazon: This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud."

We will meet in the Crossroads near the Lost and Found desk. Feel free to bring snacks.

How to Get Credit

Attend the meeting.

Extra Credit Earned

You will receive extra credit equal to one missed or failed assignment—that is, missing or failing one assignment (not a major paper, of course) will not count against your average, as explained in the "Grading" section in the Syllabus.

You should know that these books correspond with those in the Read a Book extra credit opportunity. Therefore, if you read the book for that extra credit and attend the corresponding book club meeting, you'll earn a total of 3 extra credits.