Ann is in mourning. Studying poetry for National Poetry Month. Plus, new memoirs from Gail Caldwell and Kevin Brockmeier.
Ann is in Mourning
Ann is devastated by the loss of the Readmill e-book app. Though she still prefers paper books, when she did read electronically she much preferred using Readmill. She especially loved that books synced across all devices no matter where you bought the e-books. She also loved the social and statistic features, many of which are available on other apps, but none seem to have all of the features in one app.
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A Free Ivy League Education in Poetry (14:28)
April is National Poetry Month, and every year, Ann and I try to cultivate our appreciation of poetry. We often fail, but there are a couple ways you can try to increase your knowledge, one you can do now, and one you do this fall. Starting September 6, Coursera will once again be offering its Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, or ModPo, online course.
If you don’t want to wait until the fall, you can view videos of all of the lectures from a a Yale Modern Poetry Course via Open Yale Courses. There are 25 lectures and a final exam. Ivy League courses without the Ivy League cost!
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (24:37)
Gail Caldwell’s New Life, No Instructions is a wonderful look at period of Gail’s life that saw several changes including a new puppy, and an operation that eliminated her lifelong limp and her recent pain while walking.
Ann recommends (to all of you, but mostly to me) A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, Kevin Brockmeier’s memoir of seventh grade. It’s a memoir that reads like a novel, and it’s for anyone who had those moments of adolescent awkwardness that often occurred in seventh grade.