Monthly Archives: February 2019

A Collaboration Devoutly to Be Wished

In an online interview, the Mondoville English Program’s newest faculty member mentions a couple of anthologies he’s edited that will be coming out this year. As it happens, I have stories in both of them (and for you collector types, … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: An Interlude Between Spasms of Grading

It’s a day for interruptions — after seemingly unending days of rain and chill (by Mondoville standards, anyway; I closed my office window), I see sunshine out the back door. I’m ten Shakespeare papers away from having an empty grading … Continue reading

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The Duke and the Puritans

When I teach my Age of Johnson (Restoration/18th C.) class, I’m fond of mentioning one of the English government’s actions upon Charles II’s ascent to the throne. From St. Wiki: Charles’s new parliament ordered the disinterment of Cromwell’s body from … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: School Daze Edition

I’m hanging in my office on a misty afternoon, trying to do a little planning for the week’s classes. But in the meantime, why not blog a bit? *** Not this coming week, but next, I’ll be talking to one … Continue reading

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Well, That’s Pretty Cool…

My Ph.D. institution‘s athletic teams are known as the Cardinals, and have been since 1927. But they had sports teams before then (back when we were known as the Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division) — men’s basketball began in … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Gains a Colleague

I am delighted to report that Lawrence Block, America’s foremost living crime writer, will be joining Newberry’s English program for the Fall 2019 semester. He will be the Gerding Writer-In-Residence (a new position) for the term, and will work with … Continue reading

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Tuesday Evening Potpourri

My beloved Kentucky Wildcats will be mixing it up with the Tigers of Louisiana State in a little bit, but there’s no reason I can’t watch and blog simultaneously, is there? *** Last week, I mentioned that I was looking … Continue reading

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