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By Bruce Joshua Miller

“Each morning i might strike out for this temple of studying within the crisp autumn air . . . with a feeling of objective and the conviction that this used to be the place I belonged.”—Marilyn Stasio from “My learn Project”

encouraged in part through Richard Altick’s The student Adventurers, the 13 writers in Curiosity’s Cats supply strong arguments for the worth of hands-on examine, be it chasing records, cracking mysteries, interviewing long-lost topics, or vacationing unique and not-so-exotic locales.

Alberto Martinez explains how diligence with dates offers clues to free up the main tough historic puzzles. Jan Reid explores the variation among examine for an epic novel and learn to put in writing the epic biography of a chum. Margot Livesey suspects that she maintains to put in writing novels just to do the examine. yet each essay testifies to the truth that learn is effective not just as a result of product which could outcome from it, yet as the strategy itself fulfills a simple human need.

participants include:  Philip J. Anderson, Annette Kolodny, Theodore Kornweibel Jr., Margot Livesey, Alberto A. Martinez, Bruce Joshua Miller, Katherine corridor web page, Jan Reid, Ali Selim, Marilyn Stasio, Ned Stuckey-French,  Bruce White, and Steve Yates.

Bruce Joshua Miller has edited books and written for public radio, the Chicago Tribune, and different courses. He has labored within the ebook for thirty-five years.

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She turned the book over in my hand and pointed to a credit on the back that said most of the homes were in Lac qui Parle and Chippewa counties on the South Dakota border. Within hours, the records office in Montevideo had identified several of these homes still in existence. I also learned that, while most farms are a quarter section, 160 acres, many of the farms in Chippewa County were larger, a full section of nominally one square mile or 640 acres, because in modern times farms needed to be bigger to be economically viable and, over the transition period of the past fifty years, one man would have bought up his uncle’s quarter section, and then his cousin’s, and so on, until he owned the entire section.

Such a message would be anathema to the digital acolytes of our present era, when students at all levels (not to mention many parents) find screens of various dimensions commanding much of their attention. Students sleep with their smartphones, text during classes, and research term papers by clicking in the search field of our One True Church of Inquiry. In his 2013 presidential address at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, William Cronon shared observations on his students’ approaches to research and their reading habits: One of my deepest fears about this brave new digital world has to do with reading itself … It seems to me that the book-length monograph on which our discipline has long relied is very much at risk as texts migrate from paper to screens … My deeper fear comes from watching my own students, many of whom no longer read books for pleasure.

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