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Upon Further Review

Reviews, Previews, and More

We offer six new reviews this issue: two book reviews, one web-site review, one web-software review, and two writing software reviews.

Also, in pieces we are terming "responsaviews," we offer two new looks at Joan Tornow's Link/Age, written both as reviews of Tornow's book and as responses to Joan Latchaw's review of Link/Age in Kairos 2.1.

And to close, with this issue we launch a new experiment, a preview of book not yet written.

New Reviews


Susan Halter and David Silver offer further consideration of Joan Tornow's Link/Age: Composing in the Online Classroom. While they each find agreement with Latchaw's criticisms, they also find more value in Tornow's book than Latchaw chose to emphasize. Taken together these three reviews offer an expanded sense of Tornow's book. The question is, however, which perspective would you emphasize in your own reading? What is more important--how a study is designed and written up, or how value can be found in it whatever the design?


Shortly after departing for Dallas and his position with the Dallas Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Kairos  publisher Mick Doherty received a query from MIT teachers Dan Stevenson and Ed Barrett. They asked if Mick would review a book-in-progess that they were preparing for MIT Press, wondering if Mick would use some portions of the book in his class on writing on the web and creating web-based hypertext with his students.

Instead, we invited Stevenson and Barrett to post their proposal here, in Kairos.  We, and they, invite you to preview the proposal and to (p)re-view the book-in-draft with your students. With the cooperation of MIT Press and participation of the authors, we hope to follow this book through its production and publication. We'll be inviting responses to the proposal here from both teachers and their students, inviting the authors and their editor to join us in Kairos /Lingua MOO interlogues, and when the book is complete and in press, we'll find reviewers who have not been part of this process, as well as one or two who have, to write a book review for us. Interested in learning more?