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Washington University in St. Louis. Book Review: On The Road. There’s a story about a TV guide that summarized The Wizard of Oz as “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets, then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again.”

Book Review: On The Road

It’s funny because it mistakes a tale of wonder and adventure for a crime spree. Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is the opposite; a crime spree that gets mistaken for a tale of wonder and adventure. On The Road is a terrible book about terrible people. Kerouac and his terrible friends drive across the US about seven zillion times for no particular reason, getting in car accidents and stealing stuff and screwing women whom they promise to marry and then don’t. But it’s okay, because they are visionaries. Jack Kerouac and his terrible friends are brought to the brinks of a lot of things, actually. The high priest of this religion is Kerouac’s friend Dean Moriarty. Who is this superman, this hero? Okay, but you have overwrought religious adjectives to describe all of this, right? Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Academic CV. Today’s post is a long overdue post on CVs.

Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Academic CV

While the CV genre permits a wide range of variation, and there is no consensus on the value or desirability of one particular style, I am going to present a list of expectations that govern my own work at The Professor Is In. These expectations will produce a highly-readable, well-organized CV on the American academic model. British and Canadian CV-writers will note that the font is larger, the length is greater, the margins wider, and the white spaces more abundant than you may be used to. These are the typical norms for American CVs (again, admitting of enormous variation among fields and individuals). These norms govern the “paper” CVs that are submitted as elements of a job application. These rules do not encompass online CVs, which may employ elements such as bullet points that I reject. Without further ado: Dr. I. One inch margins on all four sides. 12 point font throughout Single spaced Headings in bold and all caps. Subheadings in bold only. How to Write a Good Preface.

A good preface can be your best advertising campaign.

How to Write a Good Preface

Learn how to write a good preface and attract more readers. A preface is a small introduction to a book, usually written by the author. It shouldn’t be mistaken for the foreword, which is an introductory note written by a person other than the author. The foreword usually precedes the preface. Top 20 Best PowerPoint Presentations. Looking for the best PowerPoint presentations to inspire you?

Top 20 Best PowerPoint Presentations

We searched high and low to provide you with an out of this world list of the best PowerPoint presentation designs. Presentations don’t only have to be used the day of your pitch. Now with sites like SlideShare, presentations are a great medium for creating unique content. From Slideshares to Ted Talks, here’s a top 20 list of the best PowerPoint presentation designs. …And feel free to laugh at the irony of us using bullet points while we applaud presenters for not using them! Top 20 Best PowerPoint Presentation Designs 1. . • Uses a minimal method • High definition images • No more than 6 words per slide 2. . • Steve Job’s method of listing things in 3’s • Large type font • Bold color 3.

. • Strong images • Triggers emotion • 1 key point per slide. Cover Letter Writing Guide: Academic Faculty Positions. Language Log. An important rallying cry and usage distinction made by allies of undocumented workers in the current cultural battle over immigration in the United States is Elie Wiesel's assertion above: "No human being is illegal.

Language Log

" In the quote, Wiesel gives examples of the kinds of adjectives that he feels can denote properties of people (fat, skinny, beautiful, right, and wrong). On the other hand, calling a person 'illegal', he says, is a contradiction in terms. Here's a more elaborated statement of the idea, quoted from this website When one refers to an immigrant as an "illegal alien," they are using the term as a noun. They are effectively saying that the individual, as opposed to any actions that the individual has taken, is illegal. How To Write a Letter of Intent: Template, Example. A letter of intent is typically written by a student who is trying to sell himself to an undergraduate college/university, a graduate school, an athletic department at a college/university, or a business that provides an internship.

How To Write a Letter of Intent: Template, Example

The purpose of the letter of intent is a sales pitch. You are selling yourself and your abilities. Writing a letter of intent is similar to writing a cover letter for your resume - so similar, in fact, that I recommend you check out Amazing Cover Letters for some solid advice. However, letters of intent are geared more toward student programs or entry-level positions. As a student, you have probably spent a great deal of time researching the schools and programs that interest you. So how do you write a letter of intent? Determine the name and address of the right person to receive the letter.

Now it's time to state your credentials.