Monthly Archives: March 2016

Goodbye to a Berry

My former colleague at Newberry College and one of the four original Berries, K. Douglas (“Doug”) Cook, died this afternoon after an extended physical decline. Doug was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was wounded, and worked in … Continue reading

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“Swiper, No Swiping!”

What happens when you find out someone has filed the serial numbers off your novel and is selling it (at a brisk pace, or at least an amble) at Amazon? Eilish O’Hanlon can tell you, and she does at The Independent. … Continue reading

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“We’re Only In It for the Money”

… well, it’s one of my favorite albums, and I can confidently say I’ve listened to it hundreds of times over the years, but it sure as heck doesn’t apply to my career. Each year the Chronicle of Higher Ed rolls … Continue reading

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Happy Easter, 2016

Teaching at a small school in the buckle of the Bible Belt, my students are sometimes startled when I talk about the Christian mythos as a comic story — an idea I learned from Northrop Frye. The story of love, … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: Good Friday

Today’s poem is by one of my favorite poets, Edwin Arlington Robinson. From his second published volume, The Children of the Night, the poem was published in 1897. It remains true. Calvary Friendless and faint, with martyred steps and slow, Faint … Continue reading

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Greek to Me…

Night before last, the Spawn was initiated into one of Mondoville’s three sororities. We’re happy for her, and for her sorority as well — she wound up in the one I had always figured would best suit her. She learned … Continue reading

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Art Bar After-Action Report

Got up a little while ago after a late night of Berries-related activity, and most of the world missed a really good show in Real City last night. For their benefit, the following… Got my gear loaded up at six, … Continue reading

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