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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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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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Hardboiled: Ask the Dust Discussion (Part 2)

Last night in the Hardboiled lit class I’m teaching this semester we continued our discussion of John Fante’s Ask the Dust. The class spent a few minutes in the beginning discussing some calendar updates, preparing for the Wikipedia research project … 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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Blood Meridian: Some Quotes

224:”…the bull had planted its feet and lifted the animal rider and all clear off the ground…” Image source: “Six versions of Blood Meridian” I’ve been reading and re-reading Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian most of the Summer, and I don’t think … Continue reading

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Summer of Love: 21 Great Stories

The Summer of Love has been sporadic since I’m giving most of my love off the internet this Summer. That noted, I wanted to follow-up my post about Frederick Wiseman’s High School with something a little less “SCHOOL IS DEATH!!!” … Continue reading

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“My mother is a fish”

As I Lay Dying is one of those insane novels that is absolutely essential for anyone who was wondering why William Faulkner is  still the man. Vardaman’s exclamation “My mother is a fish” is traced so deeply into the hard … Continue reading

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Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls

I’ve been burning through books during my vacation, which I’m finding a welcome alternative when I kinda unplug—although I’m not really unplugged, just kinda—and I am in the middle of Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls which is absolutely hysterical. The biographical … Continue reading

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What’s your favorite performance of literature?

OK, I just stopped in at the great Terry Kennedy’s Literature in Performance blog, and I noticed the students were starting to post examples of poetry readings found around the web.  One student, LoneEagle, actually put a clip up from … Continue reading

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