Thursday, June 22, 2006

Karen Elizabeth Gordon

from the introduction to The Deluxe Transitive Vampire:

"It is not often that circumstances force me to utter more than one sentence at a time, or, for that matter, one after another--the usual arrangement of such things. And we are dealing with usual arrangements here: the form and ordering of words, be they mumbled, bellowed, or inscribed. Grammar is a sine qua non of language, placing its demons in the light of sense, sentencing them to the plight of prose...This is a dangerous game I'm playing, smuggling the injunctions of grammar into your cognizance through a menage of revolving lunatics kidnapped into this book."

I used this entirely readable grammar book when I tutored middle school students in East Palo Alto in English, and had to keep one lesson ahead of them. Eastside Preparatory School. gets 100% of its graduates into college. The student faculty ratio is 10/1. It was an honor to work there.

"At Eastside College Preparatory School we are committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education...Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community."



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