This page contains a number of resources that might be useful to debaters and those who want to learn more about debate.
In the coming weeks and months we will be posting articles and videos about debate, about how to succeed at debate, and about the culture of debate.
The most recent addition is a column entitled Debate 101 (see sidebar at right). In this area we will be posting videos from debate experts that will help introduce the basic terms and mechanics of debate. Think of it as an introduction for beginners. We will be adding new videos each week.
Okay, so here's sort of a crazy thing. A long time ago, the director of the documentary wrote a novel about college level debate. Originally the novel was structurally modeled after the Sound and the Fury, so there was going to be three first person sections and a fourth, third-person omniscient. Each section was supposed to interact in some way with the others and help to tell the larger story from different perspectives. This is an idea, stolen from Faulkner, later made popular by Pulp Fiction.
Anyway, it wasn't supposed to be a big deal. Just four short short stories that interact. Except when the author got started he had a hard time stopping. Each short story turned into a novel. So instead of having a single novel with four interacting stories, like the Sound and the Fury you had four free standing novels going on for hundreds and hundreds of pages, more like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Well we made the first novel, written from the perspective of Richard Hobbes, a student at Berkeley in the mid-1990s, available on this website in PDF chapters. This is the First Volume of THE DEBATE, a novel on college debate. So it's hard to believe there is so much cool debate stuff but there it is.
Enjoy the free novel, buy the DVD, and send us your feedback!
The DEBATE TEAM team