Category Archives: Literature

In Which the Prof Salutes the Grand Master

The Mystery Writers of America celebrated some of 2016’s best work last night at the Edgars banquet, and I’m pleased to report that Lawrence Block went home with the field’s most coveted ceramic figure in the category of Best Short … Continue reading

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Mid-Gradeapalooza Potpourri

I have a stack of papers waiting for my attention this afternoon, but I thought I could procrastinate drop a line or two before then, so why not do that now? *** The Spawn’s sorority formal was Friday night, and … Continue reading

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A Basket of Easter Potpourri

I understand that, as Heinlein said, one man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh. So while I know that not everyone shares my confidence in the Resurrection, I wish my cobelievers a happy Easter, and rejoice in the promise that … Continue reading

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A Little Saturday Potpourri

We’re heading into the home stretch of the semester. Gradeapalooza hasn’t arrived quite yet, but I can see it in the middle distance — indeed, I have some grading to do this afternoon, as well as some work on the … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Feels His Existence Is Somewhat Justified

Trung Duong is a student of mine, a double major in English and graphic design. He’s also an All-American wrestler and a terrific kid, and he’s in my poetry workshop this term. In any case, Trung stopped by my office … Continue reading

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Frost Revisited

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To … Continue reading

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TL; DR

For years, I’ve been among those who joke about books people buy, but never read, such as Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time or Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum — books that occupy space on shelves or tables as social signals, totems of an … Continue reading

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