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new syllabus posted

Extremely psyched about my fall writing course for first-years, Writing About TV!

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Rick and Morty, or I Love TV

My partner got into Rick and Morty before I did, and at first, to the half-attention I paid it as I was cooking or scrolling through Twitter or doing other things, it seemed like just another one of the dozen … Continue reading

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On the Writing that is Not Writing

I haven’t written any blog posts at all this semester. In fact, I’ve only written one since the world turned upside down on November 8. One story I tell myself about this silence is that I don’t have any words … Continue reading

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Night of the Animals

Bill Broun’s Night of the Animals is the novel I needed as 2016 ebbed and we began waiting, scarcely daring to breathe, for the Trump presidency to begin. Lives are hanging in the balance as a Republican-dominated Congress works by … Continue reading

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Notes on Feeling Good, August 2016

Television commercials are generally unbearable, but one in particular has been provoking me to throw things at my TV lately. “What’s on my to-do list today?” it begins, sans-serif black capital letters against a white background, clean and modern-looking and … Continue reading

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1816/2016: Cruel Summers

The month of May in 1816 was marked by unseasonably cold weather in North America and Europe. Snow still lingered on the ground in Quebec and New York, and cold fronts on May 14 and 28 brought frost from Canada … Continue reading

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The Great British Bake-Off and National Identity

Like so many of my American compatriots, I’ve become obsessed with The Great British Bake-Off. Americans like it because it is so unlike our own reality competition shows. No GBBO contestant has ever looked into a camera and deadpanned, “I’m … Continue reading

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29 Days of Blogging: be a poetic supporter

I thought a fun challenge for February would be to write something for the blog every day. This is significantly more ambitious than my January challenge–no drinking for a month–but in the spirit of continued self-improvement, I begin. I am … Continue reading

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King Lear or Peyton Manning?

   Do these sentences refer to the aged, confused former superstar wandering the cold and windswept heaths of England, or the one wandering the cold and windswept field in Denver? You be the judge. You see how full of changes … Continue reading

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Consider the dog:

a noble beast; a creature of quiet dignity; a stalwart companion; elegant in manner;     fastidious in habit; fierce in battle; majestic in repose; a loyal defender of hearth and home.

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