I realize now that I didn't respond to Rick's message except in my head,
where I nodded in agreement and enthusiasm. There's a space for the
newsletter that other forms/modes don't fill, and the idea of summing and
reflecting outside the rather strict boundaries of the journal article
seems like a very interesting place to work.
Department of English, DePaul University
On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, Richard Coe wrote:
> Hi Russ and other Inkshedders,
> I am on the CASLL listserv, and to a large extent that now does for me
> much of what the newsletter used to, including the annual Inkshed call.
> The reasons for publishing a newsletter that you cite in your 1st paragraph
> do not seem to me sufficient grounds for the effort involved (and I am very
> much aware of how much effort that is because I edit, and often write much
> of, our faculty assn newsletter). I think we should either let the
> newsletter pass into history or reimagine it.
> My reimagining would look a bit like but beyond your archives--and I agree
> with Roger that the archives themselves are a very useful project (which I
> can imagine, for instance, as the basis of seminar discussions). Our email
> discussions are very off the cuff, not to mention other-than-lineal. What
> I would really like to see in a newsletter--in addition to a bit of news
> and announcements of opportunities--is what I think of as the next step
> beyond edited versions of our email discussions. I'd like to see articles
> that are more of a "summing"--what were the intriguing questions raised,
> the various perpectives brought to bear, the implications for further
> thought, etc.?--of those discussions of "the literary essay,"
> "professional writing" and whether there's such a thing as a "Canadian"
> approach to teaching writing. Of course, I'm suggesting this because I
> believe such "summing" (I use the term in the Burkean sense, of course) is
> both possible and useful. And because I realize I do not actually have any
> image or summary of these discussions in my mind anymore--can''t remember
> even my own contributions. I'm also thinking of such "summing" as
> something that could be an intermediary step between of-the-cuff discussion
> and more thorough/finished discussions (of the sort that constitute journal
> publication). [I didn't say that very well, but I trust the concept is
> familiar to most Inkshedders.]
> At 10:22 AM 1/12/99 +0000, you wrote:
> >For reasons you don't want me to go into, I find myself having
> >promised to put out an edition of the Inkshed Newsletter in
> >November. You may remember that Jan and Amanda announced last summer
> >that they weren't going to be able to carry on as editors past the
> >fall issue; later on it turned out they weren't going to be able to
> >put that out, either. After some discussion I said that I thought I
> >could get something out, to (1) serve the people who don't have
> >electronic access and (2) placate the libraries and institutions who
> >expect journals they've subscribed to actually to appear.
> >Like Amanda and Jan, and probably for reasons nobody would find
> >unfamiliar, I found it impossible to the get the Newsletter out.
> >My New Year's resolution, though, was to get a fall issue out before
> >January is over, and I'm in the process of doing that. So:
> >If you have anything you want to have in print in the "fall" issue of
> >the Newsletter, let me know _immediately_. I expect to print and
> >mail at the end of this week. My hunch is that there is nothing
> >other than information about the Inkshed XVI conference in Mont
> >Gabriel; Jan and Amanda didn't pass any announcements, essays, or
> >documents on with the mailing list, and I've looked through the CASLL
> >archive for matters that would be of interest to those who receive
> >the Newsletter but not the CASLL list.
> >If there's no particular immediacy about your announcement or
> >document or manifesto, Margaret Procter has committed herself and
> >Mary Kooy to getting the next "mid-winter" issue out, and my
> >expectation is that they'll be more reliable about that than I am.
> >One thing that's going to be in the Newsletter is a request for
> >feedback about whether, and to what extent, we all believe a print
> >Newsletter is still necessary. It seems clear that the organization
> >is active, at least in a limited way, on line, and I wonder how
> >important the print connection is.
> >I've just looked back through the CASLL archives, and although things
> >have been pretty quiet recently, there were a number of extremely
> >active and engaged discussions during the last year -- on "the
> >literary essay," on "professional writing" and on whether there's
> >such a thing as a "Canadian" approach to teaching writing, for
> >instance. I'm editing those discussions to make them more readable
> >than they are in the archive, and will print the one on the "literary
> >essay" in this issue of the Newsletter. But I'm also putting them
> >on the Inkshed Web site, as hypertext, in their edited form, and it
> >seems to me they're more readable, and more accessible, there than in
> >I'm sure we'd all appreciate reflection on this, on the CASLL list or
> >in response to my request in the print Newsletter. And maybe we can
> >make some decisions about the future of the Newsletter at and after
> >Mont Gabriel.
> >By the way, I'm also in the process of creating a new Inkshed Web
> >site, with stolen graphics and layout from the now-defunct York
> >site. It's at this address --
> > http://www.stthomasu.ca/inkshed
> >-- and although it's still very incomplete (for instance, I'm missing
> >quite a number of recent issues of the Newsletter), it's ready for
> >feedback. What should be there that isn't?
> > -- Russ
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