The Story of Memory: An Interview with Paula Hawkins

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Cody Delistraty | Longreads | May 2017 | 8 minutes (2,228 words)

 

Born in Zimbabwe on August 28, 1972, Paula Hawkins’ family moved to London when she was a teenager. Although writing fiction interested her in her younger years, her stories generally remained unfinished. After graduating from Keble College, Oxford, she took the practical route and entered the newsroom at The Times of London, where she became a well-respected financial journalist.

In her thirties, she wrote romantic comedy novels with titles like Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista, All I Want for Christmas, One Minute to Midnight, and The Reunion under the pseudonym Amy Silver, but this never proved a perfect match for her talents. Increasingly tight on money and disenchanted with writing lighter fare, she sent a partial draft of a new novel to her agent. It was unlike anything she had ever published: dark…

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Should Young Children Learn Through Play?

The Traditional Teacher

Deadly Nightshade Not all of the products of nature are nourishing.

The earliest years of education are those which have been reformed the least. In secondary schools, there is a significant and growing movement in favour of strict discipline and formal instruction. Secondary school teachers are subject teachers, so it’s not so hard to convince them that subject knowledge should be foregrounded and children should have to listen to the expert in the room. But teachers of younger children are much less likely to be subject specialists. Primary school and preschool teachers tend to see themselves as teachers of children, not teachers of subjects.

Of course, understood correctly, there’s nothing wrong with considering oneself as a teacher of children. It would be worrying if any teacher did not say this, if we mean by it that we care about those we teach as human beings. It’s stating the obvious.

But when teachers…

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A Life of Hope and Resilience

Stories Over Coffee

EDGAR RICO obtained his Associate’s Degree in Sociology from Citrus College, went on to get his B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, and then earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. In his free time he enjoys going to healthcare centers to speak to injured patients, with hopes of enabling them to feel better and enjoy their lives.

Such achievements are difficult enough when one has a support system and the ability to move about life as one may please. Which is why it’s almost incredible to believe the fact that Edgar has done it all while being paralyzed from the neck down and while coping with the loss of his mother. This is his story…

The night that changed it all

It was a beautiful Friday in Los Angeles and Edgar was feeling happy, he had just gotten a new job at CarMax and…

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