Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Potpourri: Sunday at the Office, and a Musical Ghost Story

Welcome to August, gang! I’ll be back in the classroom in 22 days, with three FroshComps and my Age of Johnson class this term. It seems that we’ll be masked, at least for a while, which in turn means that … Continue reading

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“Far from the Mandarin Crowd.”

I’ve mentioned this before, but academically speaking, I’m something of a dinosaur. A leading figure in my field read my dissertation in 2002, and said that it would have been state-of-the-art forty years earlier. She didn’t mean it as an … Continue reading

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There But For The Grace of God…

… Go I. I’ll be honest enough to acknowledge that I am less a collector than an accumulator, staying a tiny bit of serotonin and a long-suffering wife from being a hoarder. Having said that, I’ll say that I came … Continue reading

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Merry Blockmas!

Yes, it’s Mr. B’s 83rd birthday, and it’s also the publication/shipping date for A Writer Prepares, his memoir of his apprenticeship as a writer, from his teen years to the publication of the first Evan Tanner novel. Yes, he’s received … Continue reading

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So It’s Father’s Day. . .

. . . but the Spawn is still in Terpville, where she and the Main Squeeze are visiting MS’s folks. And that’s okay — I’ve already received an HFD text and will have a Discord chat with her this evening, … Continue reading

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And Speaking of Beatles Stuff…

I’ll be among the many wishing Paul McCartney a happy birthday today as he turns 79. I’ve mentioned before that the first rock and roll I remember hearing was Frank Zappa’s We’re Only In It for the Money and Absolutely … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Noises and Books

I’m in my office this afternoon; the Summer term starts tomorrow, and I have a few things to put in order today. Meanwhile… *** Yesterday was the twelfth anniversary of my parents’ murders at the hands of my brother, the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2021

Once again, we remember. For Sgt. James Michial Moore, USA, KIA, Vietnam, and those before and after. Archibald MacLeish was an ambulance driver and artilleryman in World War I, and his brother, a naval aviator, was killed on 14 October 1918. Kenneth … Continue reading

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A Letter to My Dad on His 78th Birthday

Hi, Dad — You’ve been gone for nearly 12 years now, and I miss you guys every day. This is always a challenging time of year for me — Mom’s birthday, yours, with your anniversary and the anniversary of the … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Notes That the Statute of Limitations Has Passed, and Confesses

As we edge from Spring into Summer, it’s graduation/commencement season, and therefore the season for senior pranks. I was reminded of this when a friend of mine mentioned that some group of miscreants had filled the grassy area in front … Continue reading

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