Monthly Archives: March 2020

Plaguepourri: 30 March 20

It’s supposed to be rainy tomorrow, but yesterday and today were pleasant enough, so I’ve walked to my office a couple of times. That’s where I am right now. I chatted briefly with the Dean — me at my desk, … Continue reading

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Plaguepourri: 25 March 20

So the town remains quiet, as it likely will for quite a while. Still, it’s a writer’s compulsion, whether he writes fiction or poetry or something else, to tell readers, “Here is how the world looks today.” Here is how … Continue reading

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Waiting for My Man in Mondoville, and Other Adventures

Here’s your soundtrack. I set my alarm for 7:30 this morning in order to score a fix. I was dressed within about five minutes, donned a hat in a halfhearted effort to conceal my bedhead, and made my way to … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Potpourri: Asymptomatic Edition

Like my colleagues here in Mondoville, I’ve gotten the ball rolling on the transition to online classes for the time being. By month’s end, we should have a better idea of whether we’re going to finish the term this way … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Everyone Out of the Pool Edition

I’m in my office. I’m frequently here on Sunday afternoons, taking care of odds and ends, because it’s quiet and I can get work done. Typically, I’m the only one in the building. And so today, but while I know … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: Whistling Past the Graveyard Edition

Thomas Nashe (late 1567 – ca. 1601) was an Elizabethan poet, playwright, pamphleteer, and controversialist. He co-wrote the lost Isle of Dogs with Ben Jonson, and is credited with The Choice of Valentines (also known colloquially as “Nashe’s Dildo”), an interesting example … Continue reading

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Noir in the Time of COVID-19, or SARS at the Bar

Newberry’s Bar Figaro welcomed Noir at the Bar back to its event room last night, and a mix of new and familiar faces took the stage to share tales of murder, mayhem, and merriment, although of a rather grim sort. … Continue reading

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