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Some remarks on this course
The Essay: What is it exactly?
Ta-Nehisi Coates: "How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination"
On Writer's Block
Stephen King: "Top 20 Rules for Writers"
How this course is organised
Words as sounds
"The Science Behind Why People Hate the Word Moist"
Definitions and synonyms
Adjectives and Adverbs: Show don't tell
Virginia Woolf: "Street Haunting"
Thinking and writing
Comparison and cadence
George Orwell: "Politics and the English Language"
Phrasing and organisation
George Orwell: "Shooting an Elephant"
The unit of composition
"How to write better emails"
Arguments and support
Reading: Golriz Ghahraman on "Bombing Syria...."
The art of arrangement
Susan Sontag: "Notes on 'Camp'"
Opening and closing
E.B. White: "Death of a Pig"
Raymond Chandler: "The Simple Art of Murder"
Barbara Kingsolver: "High Tide in Tucson"
"A Piano (Abandoned)"
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