Snowden’s Russian Summer Reading List



Handing Snowden a copy of Dostoevsky’s classic novel is appropriate only in the same way as welcoming someone to Australia with a DVD of Crocodile Dundee: it is an example of purely associative logic. The only real connections are “Russia” and “crime.”

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Katniss in the Underground (A Pedagogical Field Note)



Here’s a question for you post-new critics out there: if a student completely misunderstands the historical context of a novel, but is otherwise on target, how severe should the consequence be to his or her grade? It’s something of a paradox: if a tree falls in imperial Russia, but the student thinks it was chopped down in Orwell’s Oceania, does it make an intelligible sound?

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