Monthly Archives: June 2018

Ekphrastic Connections

I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute to three of Lawrence Block’s anthologies in recent years, with more to come, and the two most recent stories of that set have been examples of something called ekphrasis — a twenty-dollar word meaning … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Wonders If He Is an Extra in an Evelyn Waugh Novel

As the Spawn and I drove between our hotel and the comic convention this weekend, we took Tryon St. into Charlotte’s Uptown area, where the convention center awaited us. You’ll be pleased to know that I try to be aware … Continue reading

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Weekend Potpourri: Heroes Con Edition

Got home a little less than an hour ago from my annual pilgrimage with the Spawn to HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, and since I’m unpacked and settled in, I thought I’d get caught up. So strap in — here we … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Learns Something of Which He Was Unaware, And Is Pleased

Yesterday’s anniversary of the murders culminates about six weeks that tend to be difficult for me each year — both my parents’ birthdays, their wedding anniversary, and the death of my closest childhood friend all fall within that window as … Continue reading

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Dear Mom and Dad…

You’ll have been gone for nine years tonight. That’s really not that long, I guess, but sometimes it seems like a very long time indeed, to the point where it’s hard for me to remember what I was like when … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll, Philip Marlowe, and George Washington’s Hatchet

Ran across an article at NRO this morning that piqued my interest. [Side note: I’ve noticed that “peek/peak/pique” has fallen into the category of “to/too/two” and “your/you’re”, as a word that students know, but for which they often pick the wrong … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof is Briefly Honored, but Puzzled

I was in my office this morning, talking to my buddy Justin, when I got an e-mail from a Very Famous Writer. The VFW had written a story (which was attached), and the note (addressed to “Warren”) was asking if … Continue reading

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