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Boys Adrift : the Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men (07 - Old Edition) by Leonard Sax
Boys Adrift : the Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men (07 - Old Edition)

Have Coffee Will Write, January 4, 2014

Good morning all,

First, the Socrates quote is actually from Kenneth John Freeman in 1907.

Second, I found Sax's book to be food for thought, but I detected an agenda and encourage readers to carefully read his end notes and the sources he uses for bias. Yes, the problem exists--I am an educator working with at-risk students--but the challenges are multi-faceted and more complex than Sax indicates.

Do all you can to make today a good day,

Jeff Hess
Have Coffee Will Write
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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters by Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Have Coffee Will Write, December 27, 2012

Good afternoon all,

I discovered Kurt Vonnegut when, I think in 7th or 8th grade, my father gave me a Dell paperback copy ($1.25) of "Player Piano;" "Mother Night," "Breakfast of Champions" and "Slaughterhouse-Five' quickly followed.

Vonnegut's non-fiction works are also familiar to me and though I thought I understood a bit about the writer behind the stories, Wakefield's collection of the Master's letters have opened many windows for me. So much so, that I have added more than 20 extended passages from his letters to my electronic chapbook and now want to go back over the next year are re-read Vonnegut's opus.

Much is made of Mark Twain as the greatest American writer, and while in the 20th century English departments champion Fitzgerald and Hemingway and a score of others, for my money, Vonnegut, for his clarity, honesty and heart, is second only to Twain.

I have never before read an entire volume of a writer's correspondence. I now believe that has been a mistake. Vonnegut writes to his brother in 1995 (p. 361) that:

"Any work of art is one half of a conversation between two human beings, and it helps a lot to know who is talking to you. Does he or she have a reputation of seriousness, for sincerity...? So I dare suggest that no picture can attract serious attention without a human being attached to it in the viewer's mind."

Vonnegut was speaking about paintings, but I think his words must apply to writing as well and before today I would have disagreed with anyone suggesting that writing cannot stand alone. Now I am not sure and this is just one of the many thoughts from Vonnegut's letters that have me thinking.

Do all you can to make today a good day,

Jeff Hess
Have Coffee Will Write
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