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| Spring | 2019 |


Lowell Komie Stories|Meditations on the Odd Lives We Live

Read the following stories in Lowell B. Komie, The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie (Chicago: Swordfish Chicago, 2005):

"Skipping Stones" [pp. 61-68] [25 Legal Stud. F. 63 (2001)] [online text]

"The Cornucopia of Julia K." [pp. 69-76] [25 Legal Stud. F. 71 (2001)] [online text]

"I Am Greenwald, My Father's Son" [pp. 77-87] [25 Legal Stud. F. 77 (2001)] [online text]

"A Commuter's Notes" [pp. 255-263] [online text]

Instructor's Note

As you read the Komie stories, select passages that capture some aspect of a character that you found significant--language you found arresting or puzzling or worth thinking about. Be prepared to read some of what you have selected in class, a selection for which you can speak to what draws you to the passage and what you see that might make the passage significance in how you read the story.

Consider this comment by David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky: "A reader who needs to have access to something in the essay [story] can use simple memory aids. A reader can go back and scan, for one thing, to find passages or examples that might be worth reconsidering. Or a reader can construct a personal index, making marks in the margin or underlining passages that seem interesting or mysterious or difficult. A mark is a way of saying, 'This is something I might want to work on later.' If you mark the selections in the book as you read them, you will give yourself a working record of what, at the first moment of reading, you felt might be worth a second reading." [David Bartholomae & Anthony Petrosky, "Introduction: Ways of Reading," in David Bartholomae, Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching 272-288, at 277-278 (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005)]

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