Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Farewell to a Giant

David Bevington, one of the world’s leading scholars of early English drama, died on Friday, 2 Aug. He was 88 years old. While he is best known for his Shakespearean studies (I use his edition of the Complete Works for my classes, and … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Moves to Terpville

About an hour ago, Mrs. M and I concluded ten hours on the road, coming home from getting the Spawn settled in her new apartment on the fringe of the U of Maryland. I’ve showered, and thrown a load of … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Ticking Clock Edition

The Spawn moves to Terpville this week. She begins classes late in August, but has an interview for an assistantship at the end of this week. Landing it would make a very big difference in her grad school experience (and … Continue reading

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Doing Better When You Can…

Thirty-two years ago, I was not quite 22 years old, and was about to become the first member of my family to go to grad school, at the U of Kentucky. I drove a 1972 Chevy I called the Monte … Continue reading

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Awkward, but Amusing

My phone rang about 20 minutes ago from an unknown number. I’m not usually in the habit of answering those calls, but we’re in the process of finding a car for the Spawn to take to Maryland, so I thought … Continue reading

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Sub Conscious

I stopped by the supermarket a little while ago, after spending the afternoon at my office. As I walked toward the entrance, an older fellow crouched near the door, and called, “Excuse me, sir?” I knew what was coming. For … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Daydreaming Edition

Happy Ringo’s Birthday, everyone! Meanwhile… *** Last night, as I sometimes tend to do, I was noodling through cars for sale on Ebay and various other online locations. I’ve made no secret of my love for convertibles, so that’s usually … Continue reading

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