[DWJ] mutilating, cracking, dunking, and otherwise abusing innocent books

Elizabeth Bentley elizabeth at wardrobe-on-the-web.com
Wed Jun 28 17:54:10 EDT 2006

Thanks, that's very helpful.

Elizabeth Bentley, Head of Learning Resources
Northbrook C of E School, London, UK
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On 28/6/06 02:26, "Otter Perry" <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com> wrote:

> On Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at 12:19 PM, Elizabeth Bentley wrote:
>> On 27/6/06 01:45, "Otter Perry" <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com>
>> wrote:
>>> This means, incidentally, that it's been three years since I started
>>> _Guns, Germs, and Steel_ and I'm still not done.  But one of the
>>> problems is that when I set it down I forget about it.  It's actually
>>> more interesting now that he's done with his thesis and is just
>>> dealing with brass tacks, if I could only remember I'm reading it.
>>> I'm trying leaving it on my bed to see if that gets me to read it.
>> I was just looking at my library's copy of this to decide whether to
>> keep it
>> on the shelf next year (for reasons too complicated to explain, I have
>> to
>> clear about 8 shelves worth of books this summer, and put them in
>> reserve
>> stock i.e. boxes). Would you recommend I do so - my students are 11-16?
> Well.  What are your students studying?  I'd have said 11-16 was young
> for it, but I might have read it at 15 or 16.  But it would have been
> fairly
> hard slogging.  [And I was a good reader.]
> The about it is that he's got a very interesting and  convincing thesis,
> but he can't write.  The beginning, in particular, is just horrible.
> When he gets down to the nitty-gritty, the writing flows better.  And,
> as I said, it's an interesting thesis.

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