Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

In Which the Prof Serves as a Gentleman, a Scholar, and a Dork

(Not necessarily in that order.) I spent yesterday in Real City, doing a variety of things, culminating in a visit to the Berries’ former haunt of Art Bar to see contemporary garage faves the Woggles. But I’ll get to that … Continue reading

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Messages in Bottles

Life has a way of bringing people together and apart in ways we might not expect. Events and experiences, both good and bad, connect us, and when you find people who share your commonalities — whether positive or negative — … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Discovers Once Again that He Is in the Right Line of Work

Although I am free of teaching duties until June, I wandered over to campus this morning to take care of some paperwork and to attend the first of the summer cookouts for faculty and staff we have on campus most … Continue reading

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We Interrupt this Gradeapalooza…

… To note that today marks my 8th bloggiversary. Eight years ago, my parents had been buried for ten months, and my brother had been charged with their murders for eight. These were the first things I thought of every … Continue reading

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Mid-Career Thoughts

I’m wrapping up my fifteenth year here at Mondoville, and I had my annual progress report/chat with my department chair this afternoon. It occurs to me that I’m nearly at the halfway point of the career I planned on. I … Continue reading

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How Twigs Get Bent: Scholastic Endeavors

I’ve talked before about the somewhat unusual circumstances of my elementary school years. I had free run of the school library, the local public branch, and my dad’s collection of books from about first grade on. I also read the … Continue reading

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Deen Kogan, R.I.P.

Ms. Deen Kogan, who along with Lou Boxer has been a driving force behind NoirCon, has died at the age of 87. She and her husband Jay founded Philadelphia’s Society Hill Playhouse a few years before I was born, and … Continue reading

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