Author Archives: Sherwood Smith

About Sherwood Smith

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Laure Junot: Life before, during, and after revolution

After any extreme event, ever since the advent of print (I’m sure before as well, but it’s more difficult to find the evidence) people have penned their memoirs. For the longest time the ones considered significant were those written by … Continue reading

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Ten Things

For a while some twenty years ago, there was this meme going around that maintained you might not be as boring as you think you are. I’d like to believe that, but I don’t. About as far as I can … Continue reading

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NOT NOW NOT EVER by Lily Anderson

  Lily Anderson first came to my attention with her debut book, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, a hilariously witty young adult novel about smart kids at a smart school that used as its substrate Shakespeare’s Much … Continue reading

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Kicking the Sheriff’s Butteth: the world of Robin Hood at age eleven

Some days I need a little silly. During my time as a sixth grade teacher at a private school, Howard Pyle’s Robin Hood was one of our texts. Its faux-medieval Victorian prose was actually a fairly easy way to accustom … Continue reading

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I’m not usually one for time travel tales—some read too much like math problems, with not enough historical detail for my particular bent. Others carry me along but seem to fall apart after I think about them a bit. So … Continue reading

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Hapax, Heyer, Austen and the Language Attic (“ton” and “sprack”)

Six times, now, in the past few months I’ve been asked “Where was that blog post you put up about Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer?” That question, in addition to our “Language Attic” series, caused me to reprise this riff, … Continue reading

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Visual Readers and Memorable Scenes

  One of the most interesting discoveries I’ve made about reading (and writing) is how our brains process text. Some of us are intensely visual. This is both great and not so great. The perils and pitfalls of being a … Continue reading

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You Don’t Say!

  Recently I got into a discussion about words you refuse to use in your writing, or everyday language. I did a very informal online poll on my blog in hopes of garnering more examples, so here’s a summary. A … Continue reading

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Unsucking the Classics

I got into yet another of those conversations about how Books Were Ruined By School. Various classics got mentioned, to universal groans or sick faces. There’s always a certain comfort in solidarity-suffering. So you had to read Of Mice and … Continue reading

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Theory of Mind: Literature and Writing

Theory of Mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one’s own. It is a fascinating study that … Continue reading

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