Occupy Wall Street · Personal Essays · Writing

On Jeff Sharlet’s Syllabus: My Essay “Mic Checked”

I received a pleasant surprise today when I opened my “Google Alert” (which lets me know when my name appears somewhere online): I learned that author and Harper’s editor Jeff Sharlet includes my essay, “Mic Checked,” on a syllabus for a writing course he teaches at Dartmouth. I’m there alongside Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem and James Baldwin’s “Down at the Cross.” OMG!

Sharlet told Neiman Lab’s Story Board:

“I thought this was the best piece I read on the experience of the Occupy movement. I like it because it’s more or less topical, by a writer breaking radically from her usual style, and because it’s in the second person. I normally forbid the second person for the duration of the term, but I start with this piece to remind students to break my rules when they need to.”

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3 thoughts on “On Jeff Sharlet’s Syllabus: My Essay “Mic Checked”

  1. Hi – thanks so much for the shoutout but a quick clarification. Nieman Storyboard and Nieman Lab are two separate publications under the same mothership, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Tx for the nod!

  2. After reading “Freedom” and reflecting on how much more I enjoy your writing than Franzen’s, I wanted to make four comments, but then figured they wouldn’t register with you. Now maybe they will: (1) You don’t need a mentor, (2) You don’t need approval, (3) You don’t need £500 and a room of your own, (4) All you need is to keep writing.

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