Category Archives: Literature

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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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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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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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: How Many Books Make a Hoard?

It’s about a quarter past lethal outside — heat indices for the past couple of days have been well into the triple digits, and are already on the brink right now. A consequence of this is the ever present chance … Continue reading

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