Sin Boldly! Dr. Dave's Guide to Writing the College Paper

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THE AUTHOR'S
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After almost getting expelled for exposing his prep school's outrages in the Boston press, David Williams spent 1968 crossing the Pacific in the merchant marine and fighting the Vietnam War in the peace movement. Wanted in Oregon for jaywalking, he hitchhiked home to enjoy the mayhem of the Sixties at Harvard where he occasionally attended classes. After a lost post- graduate year, still unexplained, he entered Harvard Divinity School to determine the meaning of the word "God." Chosen Baccalaureate speaker, he preached a jeremiad that caused one professor to goose-step off the stage in protest. He later got married, fathered two sons, Nathan and Sam, and entered the American Civ Program at Brown where his weekly column offended every faction on campus. He ended up in Virginia working in a vineyard and teaching full time as a "part-time" college professor at George Mason University where he was honored with the year 2000 "Teaching Excellence Award." Escaping from the Marxists in the English Department, he spent a Fulbright year in Slovakia confirming his hosts' suspicions about Americans. Back home, his wife replaced him with an unemployed redneck and his university passed him over for more politically- correct hirelings. He now lives in Swampoodle, an abandoned black community in a Virginia swamp, writing, grading sophomore papers, and brewing his own bitter beer.

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Sin Boldly! Dr. Dave's Guide to Writing the College Paper
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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Appreciation iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction What It's All About xi
  • 1 - Some Really Crude Basics 1
  • 2 - Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Story 9
  • 3 - In the Beginning . . . Pulling Your Creation out of the Void 25
  • 4 - Choosing a Voice 35
  • 5 - Plain-Style American Populism 49
  • 6 - Choosing Words 61
  • 7 - Arguing Your Case 77
  • 8 - How to Lose Your Case 91
  • 9 - For Instance: Two Examples 101
  • 10 - Literary Games 115
  • 11 - The Social Sciences 141
  • 12 - Grammatical Horrors 155
  • 13 - Some Common Stupid Mistakes 163
  • 14 - Punct'Uation!?! 177
  • 15 - Citing Sources Successfully 187
  • 16 - A Sample Quiz- Just for Fun! 195
  • 17 - Concluding Sermon 199
  • The Author's Rap Sheet 202
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