Category Archives: literature

The Shrinking Man

When I was traveling around Scotland in April I stopped in a bookstore in Elgin looking for Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew. I wanted to read “The Mist” and “The Jaunt” to the kids; we were having fun with scary stories … Continue reading

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A Legion of Horribles

Taking a page from Paul Bond’s book, I used a quote from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian for this post. Here is the entire passage: A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed … Continue reading

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My Vocabulary Loves Katexic Clippings

About six weeks ago I subscribed to Chris Lott’s daily email newsletter Katexic Clippings. It’s a compact, precise literary gift that contains a work (usually a short poem or excerpt from a longer work), a word of the day, and a number … Continue reading

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Faulkner at Mary Wash

Honorary DTLTer Shannon Hauser wrote an awesome post today in which she tracks down audio of a 1957 reading at Mary Washington by the titan of U.S. literature William Faulkner. (At the time Mary Washington was the University of Virginia’s women’s college.) … Continue reading

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The Simulacra

I’ve had a bit of extended travel time on planes and trains over the last couple of weeks. A situation that’s very conducive to leisure reading, at least for me. I’ve finished off a few books already during this European … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Volume 62 Number 1, Fall 2012

As of this past Tuesday the third, entirely online and open issue of Shenandoah is out on the virtual stands. This issue features a host of impressive poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, reviews, and recommended reading. What’s more, this issue features an … Continue reading

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Ask The Dust Swag

While searching for an image for my soon to be next post I discovered some amazing Ask the Dust swag, which made my day! I found everything from bookmarks to stickers to bookcovers to a table tent. And here is … Continue reading

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“It was pure in my heart”

This post celebrating Jack Kerouac’s hotness on UMW Blogs thrust me into a rabbit hole that it has taken me several hours to crawl out from. Back when I was an undergraduate at UCLA and worked at the great Audio … Continue reading

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“A convicted pervert of a botanical bent”

Reading Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree and loving it. This scene with the wonderfully drawn character Harrogate was pretty insane, almost right out of William Faulkner’s The Hamlet. Read all of page 32, it is just too much fun.

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Bringing Shenandoah online

So over the last six months I have been working with Rod Smith at Washington Lee University on bringing the literary journal Shenandoah entirely online. It is a real privilege to work on this project because Shenandoah has a very … Continue reading

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