Washtenaw Literacy

Washtenaw Literacy’s purpose is straightforward: we help adults change their lives through literacy. Our organization has over 30 years' experience in helping men and women improve their reading, writing and English as a second language skills.

This focus on individual goals makes our program unique in the county. Washtenaw Literacy is a critical part of our community’s educational continuum. Someday we hope to have no need for our services. Until then, we’ll support our volunteer tutors as they help low-literate men and women improve their skills and their lives.

Check out the Washtenaw Literacy website.

Staff Recommendations

Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from The Sopranos and The wire to Mad men and Breaking badBy Martin, Brett, 1972-

The subtitle of Difficult Men is Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Martin discusses in detail the creative shift in the late 1990’s (continuing to the present day) in the substance and quality of television programs being presented on the new premium cable channels. He goes into the writers’ room and details the intense creative process by which these new programs are written, with particular emphasis on the role of the despot/king called the “showrunner” [David Chase—The Sopranos, David Simon/Ed Burns—The Wire, Alan Ball—Six Feet Under]. Martin combines in-depth reportage, understanding of the history of the medium and a wide range of interviews with writers, producers and actors into a fascinating look at the male-dominated and closed system which produces the extended narrative seasons of today’s interesting, controversial and brilliantly written programs. A must read for dedicated fans of......Oz, Deadwood, Sex and the City, The Shield, Weeds, Dexter, Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones (it just gets better).

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