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Why high schoolers should not have to read Shakespeare. The hidden problem in reading Shakespeare: Too many words have changed meaning.
  • When a Word Develops a Second, Competing Meaning
  • An essay on how words change meaning.
    How to know if a book is good.

    Should a book be enjoyable to read?

    That's NOT the goal in conventional writing theory. The dominant model is to get a hook into your upper lip so that you cannot escape, so that you must keep reading to find out what happens. There is no mention of your enjoyment.

    If a book is not enjoyable, skip to the ending.

    Emma Sohan