Monthly Archives: August 2022

Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Reading with the Oyster Boys

In my contemporary fantasy class, we’ll be talking a fair amount about the permeability of genre lines, I think. The first work we’ll be reading is Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife (1943), which I’ve seen classified as horror, and was originally … Continue reading

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In Which Mrs. M Makes a Discovery

I spent the afternoon at my office and grabbed dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, and when I got home, Mrs. M was sitting in the living room, working on the coming week’s school stuff. I sat down with her … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Preschool Edition

Tomorrow marks the launch of my twentieth year here in Mondoville. We’re welcoming our largest entering class ever, putting our total enrollment at around 1,300 — also a new high. When I started here, we were at about half that; … Continue reading

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On Expression and Violence

A third of a century ago, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, a work of fiction, was published. A fatwa calling for his murder followed shortly thereafter, and there has been a bounty on Mr. Rushdie’s head for decades. Someone came … Continue reading

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Goldengrove Unleaves Once More

The body of my friend, former bandmate, and occasional commenter here at the blog Dennis Cossens, was discovered by his landlord today in Cincinnati, a few weeks before what would have been his 55th birthday. Dennis was a diabetic since … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Is Surfed and Turfed

Mrs. M and I made it back to Mondoville from Myrtle Beach this morning, having had to hurry back in time to return the rental car. There were moments of adventure, but the casualties were light. The Spawn and her … Continue reading

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THIS JUST IN: Bouchercon 2022 Update

Flash! Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! Although I was late in registering for this year’s B’con (at the lovely Minneapolis Hilton), the wonderful folks at the organizing committee (looking at you, SKM!) have … Continue reading

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