Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms
Chapter 5: The Pretender: A Challenge to Academic Writing
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A Challenge to Academic Writing
Remember that Jackson Browne concert, so long ago, at Ravinia forest preserve outside of Chicago?1 It was a muggy night. We sat on cardboard sheets on the lawn, in the cheap section, at the far corner of the forest preserve without a view whatsoever of the stage. We were all friends, from grammar school on, three guys and two girls, eighteen or nineteen years old. We had remained close through high school, attending brother and sister Catholic schools, one all-boys, the other all-girls, separated by a football field, and sharing the same gym. We were now home from our first year of studying at different universities downstate, side-state, or out of state, except for one of us, Eddie, who had stayed home, working as a baggage handler at O’Hare airport. It was summer. We had other people with us, each with his or her girlfriend or boyfriend from the college dorms, and Eddie with a girl he had recently met at work. Our respective girl- or boyfriends didn’t talk much. We really didn’t know them very well, and they didn’t know each other at all. They were our trophy girls and boys from our new lives. And we, the gang of neighborhood kids who hadn’t seen each other for a year, now joked quietly. We gloated at each other. Some of us glanced down at the cardboard flooring constructed from boxes that...
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