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“A Symmetry of Surprises” : Thoughts on Writing, Writers, and People

I generally write the post first, then pick the picture.  But today, I had these two great quotations about writing, and couldn’t figure out how to get there. So I went shopping at Flickr for images using “writing” as a keyword. I ended up with these fountain pens writing without human intervention because I think […]

I Got Annoyed by Stephen King, Then I Loved Him.

Right.  Until a few weeks ago, I had never read a Stephen King anything. Don’t get pissed.  I’m just not interested.  I do want to read The Green Mile, but that is all.  I have seen a couple of the movies made from Stephen King novels/novellas: The Green Mile, The Stand.  That might be it. I honestly […]

On the Road: Reflections on Ambition & Art

As you know, I’ve just returned from my first residency at Wilkes University. I’ll go twice a year for 2.5 years and on the other side of 3, have an MA, and an MFA, an internship in teaching or publishing, and I’ll have a manuscript, a(t least one) revision of it, and all sorts of […]

Residency Day 5: Beauty, Blight, and Bombast

There’s a group of about 4 men, possessing a complementary nose for mischief, and they travel together in our “cohort.”  Our “cohort” is our group of writers entering the MFA program at the same time.  Why is it not a class?  I do not know.  These men are delightfully rowdy and goofy (they remind me […]

Residency Day 1: Setting

Wilkes-Barre is renowned for being a totally blue-collar city.   It feels a little like Pittsburgh: universities surrounded by middle class & slums.  A lot of queerly frightened white people. And I am getting sick with nostalgia for proper city living. I got here a touch early, and the first person I met was Dr. […]

The Effort Word [sic]

If you know me, you probably know that I have a potty mouth. I have, intentionally, not been 100% cautious about swearing in front of Child. Diplomacy and discretion are two skills that not enough people have.  While this is pure theory, I suspect that understanding the value of an inner life, and of recognizing […]

What Do You Do with a BA in English?

If you’re me, you spend a lot of time writing, and then go to graduate school, but don’t finish it, and then wait a few years and try again. I’m so pumped for all of you to see tomorrow’s post.  I think you’re really going to like it.  It is about Child and it is […]


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