Personal Psychopomp: Goethe’s “Erl-King”

While Halloween was not part of my growing-up experience, I’ve always associated the story of the Erl King with that time of year. I don’t recall when I was first introduced to this ghostly tale, it must have been fairly

Personal Psychopomp: Goethe’s “Erl-King”

While Halloween was not part of my growing-up experience, I’ve always associated the story of the Erl King with that time of year. I don’t recall when I was first introduced to this ghostly tale, it must have been fairly

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It’s 10pm. Do you know where your books are?

Bookplates, especially old-school ones, are wonderful. Yet people don’t seem to use them much these days. Which, I think, says something about the value we place on books. A lot of books sold today are paperbacks and (while not necessarily

bookplt-cat

It’s 10pm. Do you know where your books are?

Bookplates, especially old-school ones, are wonderful. Yet people don’t seem to use them much these days. Which, I think, says something about the value we place on books. A lot of books sold today are paperbacks and (while not necessarily

The Bigger Picture: Modernism

Disclaimer: As I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams, I’m finding I have to organize my thoughts better, so in all honesty, this post as as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Modernism, which is generally agreed to

The Bigger Picture: Modernism

Disclaimer: As I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams, I’m finding I have to organize my thoughts better, so in all honesty, this post as as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Modernism, which is generally agreed to

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“Problems with People” (David Guterson)

Alfred A. Knopf was kind enough to send me a review copy of David Guterson’s Problems with People and I think it’s a collection well worth talking about. First off, I really enjoyed reading it. The stories, while there are recurring

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“Problems with People” (David Guterson)

Alfred A. Knopf was kind enough to send me a review copy of David Guterson’s Problems with People and I think it’s a collection well worth talking about. First off, I really enjoyed reading it. The stories, while there are recurring

Point Taken.

After a busy, busy few weeks teaching, reading, and attending the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, I really need to get back to writing. It appears the universe agrees. Or at least this bottle of craft beer does.  

Point Taken.

After a busy, busy few weeks teaching, reading, and attending the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, I really need to get back to writing. It appears the universe agrees. Or at least this bottle of craft beer does.  

"Portrait of Mrs.Daniels with 2 Children" by John White Alexander (1913)

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie looked so innocent, enjoyable and short, and like light reading. It turned out not to be, for me, for a few reasons. It took some reflection for me to figure out what irritated me so

"Portrait of Mrs.Daniels with 2 Children" by John White Alexander (1913)

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie looked so innocent, enjoyable and short, and like light reading. It turned out not to be, for me, for a few reasons. It took some reflection for me to figure out what irritated me so

Are You a Homelandsexual?

…you know, I thought I’d ask. Just between us. No need to blush, I won’t tell. If you’re not sure what you are, you might find Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals enlightening. If you’re just looking for a lively book of poems

Are You a Homelandsexual?

…you know, I thought I’d ask. Just between us. No need to blush, I won’t tell. If you’re not sure what you are, you might find Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals enlightening. If you’re just looking for a lively book of poems

Dollar Bills, Blood, and Bras : Denise Duhamel’s “Ka-ching!”

After reading Duhamel’s Blowout, I wanted to read another collection of hers, to see more of her work, and it turned out that Ka-ching! was a good choice because it’s so different from the former. Yes, the poems are still very much

Dollar Bills, Blood, and Bras : Denise Duhamel’s “Ka-ching!”

After reading Duhamel’s Blowout, I wanted to read another collection of hers, to see more of her work, and it turned out that Ka-ching! was a good choice because it’s so different from the former. Yes, the poems are still very much

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What Will Ring From These Spotlit Bones? Autobiography of a Jukebox (Cornelius Eady)

Summer time is reading time! And of course I’ve been reading poetry. Let’s talk about Cornelius Eady’s Autobiography of a Jukebox. Why? Because it’s a great book. Whether you frequently read poetry or much rather read fiction, this is an accessible

Poet Cornelius Eady

What Will Ring From These Spotlit Bones? Autobiography of a Jukebox (Cornelius Eady)

Summer time is reading time! And of course I’ve been reading poetry. Let’s talk about Cornelius Eady’s Autobiography of a Jukebox. Why? Because it’s a great book. Whether you frequently read poetry or much rather read fiction, this is an accessible

Books are for Kids! Summer is for Reading!

Summer, for me, has always been a time for reading (kind of like winter). When I was a kid, with a spring / summer birthday, I always got new books in time for summer (and had usually finished all the

Books are for Kids! Summer is for Reading!

Summer, for me, has always been a time for reading (kind of like winter). When I was a kid, with a spring / summer birthday, I always got new books in time for summer (and had usually finished all the

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The Year of Reading (Arab) Women

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
I feel rather lukewarm about this “Year of Reading Women,” despite an earnest belief that women’s books are (generally speaking) not taken as seriously as men’s: Joanna Walsh’s “year of reading women” bookmarks.…

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The Year of Reading (Arab) Women

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
I feel rather lukewarm about this “Year of Reading Women,” despite an earnest belief that women’s books are (generally speaking) not taken as seriously as men’s: Joanna Walsh’s “year of reading women” bookmarks.…

New York in Hattiesburg: Notes from the 2014 Moorman Symposium

The last event of the 2014 Moorman Symposium is still ahead of us (a 7pm reading) but I wanted to jot down some of my impressions for you anyway, before the end-of-semester madness takes over again and I forget. Meeting

New York in Hattiesburg: Notes from the 2014 Moorman Symposium

The last event of the 2014 Moorman Symposium is still ahead of us (a 7pm reading) but I wanted to jot down some of my impressions for you anyway, before the end-of-semester madness takes over again and I forget. Meeting