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I request your help in children's literature. I'm a teacher and some of my students are native English speakers in a non-native English class. I myself am not a native speaker, so I never read books in English as a child (or anything much at all, considering my background).
I've polled my other English-speaking students, and here's what they suggest:
>Diary of a Wimpy Kid
>R. L. Stine
I'm thinking of Roald Dahl stuff. Some parents want more classic books for their kids to read, but they're around 10 years old, so I'm not sure how classic one can go with these ages. I want books that will get them to enjoy reading, above all, and I don't care too much if it's about ghosts, mummies, or wimpy kids, as long as it's in English, is decent, and is fun in a smart way.
Additionally, recommend grammar books with exercises for native speakers of English, maybe even the stuff you used at school yourselves.
Millenials: Generation Wuss
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>My generation was raised by Baby Boomers in a kind of complete fantasy world at the height of the Empire: Boomers were the most privileged and the best educated children of The Great Generation, enjoying the economic boom of post-World War II American society. My generation realized that like most fantasies it was a somewhat dissatisfying lie and so we rebelled with irony and negativity and attitude or conveniently just checked-out because we had the luxury to do so. Our reality compared to Millennial reality wasn’t one of economic hardship. We had the luxury to be depressed and ironic and cool.
>When Generation Wuss creates something they have so many outlets to display it that it often goes out into the world unfettered, unedited, posted everywhere, and because of this freedom a lot of the content displayed is rushed and kind of shitty and that’s OK—it’s just the nature of the world now—but when Millennials are criticized for this content they seem to collapse into a shame spiral and the person criticizing them is automatically labeled a hater, a contrarian, a troll.
>And then you have to look at the generation that raised them, that coddled them in praise—gold medals for everyone, four stars for just showing up—and tried to shield them from the dark side of life, and in turn created a generation that appears to be super confident and positive about things but when the least bit of darkness enters into their realm they become paralyzed and unable to process it.
Bret Easton Ellis on "millenials"
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When I was a young child, I thought adults knew everything. This is, perhaps, one of the biggest misconceptions I held as a child. I thought that I would surely know everything about the world when I turned eighteen, just like all the other adults I had known in my life. My mom seemed to know the answer to every question I asked her. And, being particularly inquisitive as a child, I tended to ask a lot of questions. It was my assumption that, upon becoming an adult, one suddenly knew everything about how the world works. I figured that paying bills, navigating city streets, going to work, and other such “adult-like” things would be second nature to me by then.
I longed to be an adult. I longed to know the answer to every conceivable question, to be able to dissect life itself, to be able to open it up and examine its inner workings. I imagined constantly what my adult life would be like. It seemed so far away.
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Work has finally finished on the long-awaited original French cover for the book, as seen here. That's right, the Pynchon one, now in 13mb of goodness.
Will anything become of the Miami sequel?
Is organising a non-anonymous writing team the worst idea /lit/ has ever thought of?
Where do we go from here?
Pictured French edition!
previous editions (same text) are also here for a slice of /lit/ history
Fasces/tundra (standard b&w)
Fasce/tundra cover (colour, value quality)
French cover (standard b&w)
French cover (colour, value quality)
Pink/green cover (colour)
Fasces hardcover (b&w)