Category Archives: Education

Sunday Night Potpourri: Feels Like Fall Edition

It’s a couple of hours before bedtime, and back to the classroom tomorrow morning. *** Mondoville was spared the wrath of Hurricane Ian; all we got was a cool, rainy, windy day, of the sort Winnie-the-Pooh fans might recognize as … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Hebrew Calendar Birthday Edition

Shanah tovah to my friends who celebrate! I was born on Rosh Hashanah in 1965, when my dad was working at Percy Cohen in Nashville as an interior decorator/salesman. In celebration of that auspicious event (my birth), Mr. Cohen bought … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Potpourri: B’con Recap Edition

I’m home, after a few days with some of my favorite people — the crimefic writing and reading community. It was the return of Bouchercon, live and in person for the first time since The Before Times. This year’s version … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Pre-B’con Edition (Also, the Prof Loses His Dinner)

Because of the combination of Labor Day and my departure to Minneapolis this week, I’m only teaching on Tuesday this week, though I do have some grading to do. But how better to procrastinate about grading than to write a … Continue reading

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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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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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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Prose and Cons Edition

I’m relaxing in the office this afternoon, having just offered up a pint at the local blood drive. Mrs. M is doing some shopping, and both of us are starting to think about the approach of the new school year. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Afternoon Potpourri: Pats on the Back Edition

I’m relaxing in my office, listening to the Green Pajamas and taking a break from reading Nathanael West (an author who makes me look downright Panglossian.) And what else is going on? *** The highlight of recent action here took … Continue reading

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