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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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The novel, or I should say novella, is on Amazon Kindle. The cost is a paltry $2.99. Here's a description of my book: There is a Fat Man wreaking havoc inside former bodybuilding and Olympic weightlifting champion Jeff McMahon. The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herculodge
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My novel How to Kill Your Inner Fat Man is complete. I edited it down from 68,000 words to its current 44,000, so it's more of a novella. I will do one more edit and upload it in the next... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herculodge
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I hadn’t been to an amusement park in over 4 years. Yesterday, I bit the bullet and went with my family to Universal Studios. The park seemed more abhorrent than my memories of going there in the 1970s and going... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Herculodge
Even though I find Bell Hooks to be a recalcitrant whiner as she ascends education on her full scholarships to Stanford, her description of the working-class struggle to survive in a bourgeois college environment are compelling and convincing when we... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Final Exam Essay Prompt for Blue Book Blue Book Exam done in two parts for Week 16, June 5 and June 7: In a 4- or 5-paragraph essay, develop a thesis that explains how Megan Phelps-Roper overcame the "The Backfire Effect" and freed herself from the family religious cult that... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Monday 1A 12:45 103; Wednesday 314 Monday and Wednesday 1A 3:45 316 Tuesday and Thursday 1C: 2:00 207 Tuesday and Thursday 1C 4:15 112 Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Hanging Indent One. Check Homework #20 Four. Final In-Class Blue Book Exam for June 4: You can prepare for your in-class blue book exam by reading Bell Hooks’ “Learning in the Shadow of Race and Class” (available in your book... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
I've been reading David Bentley Hart's translation of the New Testament as a way of getting me back to reading the Bible. Aside from the fact that Hart may be a universalist, as mentioned in his discussion of Orthodox diversity vs. Evangelical "Hell Club" members and an essay "God, Creation,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Leaving Anhedonia
Ross Douthat Articles for Composition “The Redistribution of Sex” “Let’s Ban Porn” “Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner” Bill Maher Attacks Ross Douthat on YouTube video. Bill Maher and Ross Douthat on Overtime YouTube video. Bill Maher argues with Ross Douthat about religion on YouTube video. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1C Syllabus Fall 2018 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 2:35-3:45 Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1 and 3:25-4:15 Materials You Need for This Class: One. How to Think by Alan Jacobs Two. Rules for Writers, Eighth edition, edited by Diana Hacker Large Blue Book for... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Critical Thinker
One. Check homework #21: write a 3-paragraph, 350-word essay that analyzes the causes behind America’s tendency to confuse human intelligence with human worth. Use at least 3 signal phrases to cite Freedman’s essay. Two. Remaining Schedule May 29 Peer Edit Essay #5 May 31 Essay #5 Due; We will work... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Critical Thinker
One. One week from today is a holiday. Two. Homework Check #19 Three. In 3-paragraph essay, explain why Frank Bruni in his essay "Why College Ratings Are a Joke" makes the claim that we should reject the validity of college... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Check Homework #20 on Anti-Vaxxers Homework #21: Write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes the causes behind America's tendency to confuse human intelligence with human worth. See David Freedman's"The War on Stupid People." Essay #5, Your Capstone Essay worth 225 points Due May 31 You must have 3 sources for your... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework 19 In the context of Kristina Rizga's essay "Everything You've Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong," write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes the claim that standardized testing improves education. Essay #5 Options: Capstone Essay with 5 Sources for Works... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Check Homework #19: Write a 3-paragraph essay that supports or refutes MLK's claim that civil disobedience is justified. HW#20: Read the Rolling Stone online essay: "Anti-Vaxxers: Enjoying the Privilege of Putting everyone at Risk" by Jeb Lund and write a 3-paragraph essay connecting whtie privilege to the anti-vaxxer movement. Essay... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework #17 for 5-14-18: Write a 3-paragraph essay that gives 3 counterarguments to Alfie Kohn's claim that grading should be abolished as he presents his argument in "From Degrading to De-Grading." Collect Homework #17: Alfie Kohn Essay #5 Options: Capstone... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Homework for 5-15-18: Write a 3-paragraph essay that supports or refutes Martin Luther King's claim in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" that civil disobedience is justified. Final Exam Blue Book Exam done in two parts for Week 16, June 5 and June 7: In a 4- or 5-paragraph essay, develop a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Essay #5 Options: Capstone Essay with 5 Sources for Works Cited Due 6-6-18. One. Support, refute, or complicate Alfie Kohn’s assertion from “Degrading to De-grading” that grading is an inferior education tool that all conscientious teachers should abandon. In other... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #5, Your Capstone Essay worth 225 points Due May 31 You must have 3 sources for your MLA Works Cited. Option One. In the context of the Netflix documentary Dirty Money, Episode #2, "Payday," write an argumentative essay that answers the question: Were Scott Tucker and his associates fairly... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Essay #4 Options with 3 Sources for Works Cited Due 5-14-18 One. Support, refute, or complicate Debra J. Dickerson's argument that race in America is more of a social fantasy than a reflection of objective reality. In other words, race... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer