Here is the assignment for anyone who did not walk away w/the yellow handout last week. I’m in my office all afternoon up until the lecture tonight. Come by if you like. 114-B OLD MAIN.

COR 101—Reptiles and Me: Objects of Desire
“Get—It-Down” Draft due on 9/26

Turtle was the alphabet of a new language.
–David Carroll

Re-read the David Carroll piece on his fascination with turtles. Note the detail with which he explains the roads that fascination has sent him wandering. Note, specifically, the fullness of his description of this passion.

Imagine the turtle in this piece as Carroll’s intellectual project, that is, the project that consumes him, wrestles him to the ground, fills him up, gives him a life’s work.

Begin to explore your own turtle, or one of your own turtles. What is it your mind is drawn to? What does it like to focus on? What does it like to work on? Think about? Investigate? Where is it most comfortable intellectually? For example, I have never enjoyed spending time in an outdoor, a laboratory or office setting but I have always gravitated to bookstore and library spaces.

In this draft (a minimum of 3 typed double spaced pp.) explore your own turtle paying particular attention to its genesis, its origin and how you have “worked it” to date. Use Carroll’s piece as a model for how you might detail your own interest. Be specific!! Don’t generalize. NO ONE else in our COR class should be able to claim your turtle paper. Be in touch if you want to talk about this assignment. I will be in my office next Tues. for conversation. I will post those hours on the blog. Prior to Tues. you can contact me by email and on the blog.

Bring 3 word-processed copies of this draft to class on the 26th.