September 1, 2015
I'm so pleased to be invited to participate in the Eveyln Danzig Haas '39 Visiting Artists Program at Wheaton College this fall. I'll be guest teaching a class in creative nonfiction with a theme of triangulation in the personal essay. My favorite way of illustrating this idea is with what's called the "wall pass" in soccer. (Player 1 passes to Player 2, then advances toward the goal to make a shot after Player 2 returns the ball.) It's a great metaphor for the idea of toggling... moving back and forth between related, but different, subjects. The idea being that small-scale descriptive passages can help open the field for larger, more philosophical explorations. Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" is a great example of this technique. As is G. K. Chesterton's beauty-beauty-beautiful "A Piece of Chalk."