Author Archives: davidbdale

About davidbdale

Inventor of and sole practitioner of 299-word Very Short Novels.

Never Quite Finished

Essays aren’t the only artworks that require several revisions and layering.

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Fair Warning II

Several of you have not been posting Portfolio Assignments to the blog anywhere near timely. Some of you, one class meeting from the end of the semester, have not posted a single Portfolio argument. There is no way for you … Continue reading

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Course Evaluations

Please help the Writing Arts Department determine my fitness for instruction by completing a brief evaluation of your experiences in this course. Check Banner for a reminder that you have a survey to answer, or check your student emails for … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking Was Wrong

I shared this post with you today in class before I found this perfect expression of why we can always say with confidence that “the scientist was wrong.” The opening joke (attributed to Albert Einstein) tells the whole story. How … Continue reading

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Text: Nuclear Power, Worth the Risk?

Catastrophes happen. No one thought the Interstate 35W bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis would collapse. No one thought the Gulf of Mexico would be fouled to the horrible extent that it was by the BP oil spill. The … Continue reading

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Redemption Song

If you don’t cry, I don’t want to know you.

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Rebuttal Practice

A Price Too High Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk? Link to the Text without the New York Times’ interference! 🙂 Bob Herbert asks the question in the Opinion pages of the New York Times. It’s pretty clear from the … Continue reading

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Robust Verbs—davidbdale

There is a huge problem in Vancouver with heroin addicts committing crimes to support their habits. The “free heroin for addicts” program is doing everything they can to stop the addicts. The problem is that there is a large crime … Continue reading

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Draft Causal with Feedback

9/11 Made America More Racist It seems that racism has been around since before the dawn of time itself. It has thrived in the best and worst of times and in every corner of the earth, doing particularly well in … Continue reading

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Safer Saws Task

Exultant InventorTwelve years ago an avid home woodworker invented an ingenious device that stops a table saw blade within 4/1000ths of a second of contact with human flesh. The technology could prevent thousands of amputations every year in the United … Continue reading

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