kitchen table math, the sequel: The Teaching Company

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Teaching Company

I just listened to the first lecture in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft.

Very cool!

Here's an "elegantly balanced and extended" sentence by Conrad:
She was savage and superb, wild-eyed and magnificant; there was something ominous and stately in her deliberate progress.

about the course:
This will be a course about how to make sentences longer; longer sentences, when carefully crafted and tightly controlled, are essential keys to elegant and effective writing.
and about style:
The basic unit of writing is the proposition, not the word or even a sequence of words, and we build sentences by putting propositions together.

The style of our sentences is determined by the ways in which we combine not words, but the propositions those words stand for or refer to.

from a WSJ article about The Teaching Company:
As the generations of post-1960s college graduates grow older, they will come to understand that their expensive formal education, with its trendiness and lack of breadth or rigor or enduring substance, quite simply failed them--by failing to connect them to the riches of their own civilization.

Prof in a Box
Friday, August 24, 2007 12:01 A.M. EDT

You can say that again.

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