Blog samples: conversing with Birkerts

A strong blog post is a conversation with your audience (your readers) of the conversation you as a reader are having with the texts. As you will see, Joseph Harris names this forwarding, a crucial move in intellectual writing. There are different ways to have that conversation. One key, however, is that the conversation with the text must be made explicit. In other words, quotation. I suggest at minimum two quotations: one that encapsulates the main focus or argument of the reading (allowing you to build a brief summary around it); another one that will allow you to develop an interpretation, respond to the text’s argument with your own.

Consider these examples from the initial reading of Birkerts; different approaches, but all strong in the conversation that the writer engages with Birkerts and at the same time forwards to his/her reader.

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