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2016-10-27 :: dave

caveat 1. I’m one person with strong ideas, so read all of the below with as much skepticism as helps. Also: nothing in here can guarantee you’ll get into the MFA program of your choice. Your writing sample is going to do the major lifting there. But I’ve been reading MFA applications for five years […]

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2014-11-26 :: dave

Last night we read the script for the 30 Rock pilot and then watched the actual episode. Many differences, many of them instructive. As my students have a script or sketch assignment coming up, I had to go over script formatting, which I’d long since forgotten. Plus I didn’t know the easiest way to go […]

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2014-11-11 :: dave

Dedicated Feedlyers of this blog will recall my trying to rethink the spirit behind reading and responding to student manuscripts. Well, leave it to the always-great Harper’s to find it for me. From this month’s Readings section, excerpting from Ways of Curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist: [Artist Alighiero] Boetti told me that if I wanted […]

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2014-06-09 :: dave

HIRSHHORN GALLERY (mostly closed for renovations) Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic” (2013) [worth waiting for or fast forwarding to 09:00]

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2013-05-23 :: dave

Dr. Robert E. Witt, Chancellor of The University of Alabama System, announced the following this afternoon: “I am pleased to announce that Jo Bonner will join The University of Alabama System’s senior leadership team as Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development on Aug. 16. “Jo’s extensive government experience and outstanding economic development record […]

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2013-05-20 :: dave

Die Deutschen lieben ganz vieles! So this was a thing we’d do in 8th grade German I class, taught by Frau um … who knows. The actual East German Frau teaching German at Herndon Intermediate School in 1991 and not the—Frau Griffith! Her name was Frau Griffith! At any rate, Family Guy had a thing […]

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2013-05-18 :: dave

Growing up, and still probably, the lion was my favorite animal. Soon I can walk somewhere to eat one.

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2013-04-09 :: dave

Subject: A Message from the Dean of Students Date: April 9, 2013 4:26:57 PM CDT Faculty and staff, Bama Students for Life will be sponsoring a display from the Genocide Awareness Project on the Quad on April 10 and 11. The display includes extremely graphic anti-abortion photos. Students who are upset by the display should […]

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2013-01-24 :: dave

I need to ask for a lawyer’s help. Rogelio looks at Velazquez’s paintings. The students pay for the bill. We listen to the radio program. Catalina asks, “Where are you?” He succeeds in winning the lottery. Are you waiting for the airplane’s arrival? The professor won’t ask me questions. The police look for evidence. Who […]

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2012-12-03 :: dave

From today’s Good Morning America, on at my folks’: Heidi is talking about a pair of 12″-high gold boots she once wore, I think to one of her costume parties? “With those boots I wanted to take it literally to a higher level.” Heidi is referring to the Hollywood makeup artist who transferred her face […]

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2012-10-26 :: dave

deranged adjective her deranged cousin has finally been locked up

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2012-10-25 :: dave

From some dumb article on Lifehacker: Even though I really enjoy writing, I despise proofreading and editing. Like to the point where I rather just not write at all so I don’t have to deal with the proofreading part. Nothing kills my flow more than having to re-read what I just wrote 1000 times. Emphasis […]

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2012-09-29 :: dave

Reading Alex Ross’s review of the 6-hour production of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mittwoch in the Sept 10 Style Issue of The New Yorker—which opera has a movement where string musicians play while up in helicopters—I started to wonder what a 6-hour literary reading might feel like. Like a 12-hour root canal you say and har har […]

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2012-06-02 :: dave

This seems to have been a kind of column. Points West!

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2012-04-24 :: dave

There’s a thing in me that wants in writing essays to make every possible connection and to trace things to their deepest roots. It rarely ends well. The standard result is that I take a whole morning tracking leads on library databases and newspaper archives only to discover some old, repeated truth: There Is No […]

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2012-03-16 :: dave

in boardwalk empire, we see all kimds of Nucky situations. he,s getting people jobs, he,s romanicng women, he,s at parties, he,s getting work done. rothstein, our villain, is only seen in his offices working to cinvince lesser men of hi importance. it works very well. rothstein is spared the humanity of being a person with […]

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2012-01-17 :: dave

(From the Washington [Pa.] Observer-Reporter.) Raymond E. Myers, 93, of Coal Center, Clover Hill, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, in Consulate Health Care of North Strabane, Canonsburg. He was born June 5, 1918, in Claysville, son of the late H. Edwin and Gladys Fonner Myers. Mr. Myers retired as a truck driver for Peoples Natural […]

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2011-09-20 :: dave

Doing some research on flowers, I found this: “The Marigold is emblematical of pain; place it on the head and it signifies trouble of mind; on the heart, the pangs of love; on the bosom, the disgusts of ennui.” How the heart is differentiated from the bosom is nothing I can figure out. Is it […]

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2011-09-16 :: dave

Okay so it’s not an interview with Tiger Beat, but it felt like an interview with Tiger Beat, and it was very fun to do. Ani Smith over at the litblog We Who Are About To Die asked me a whole bunch of questions that I tried to answer in a way that was entertaining […]

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2011-07-01 :: dave

Wow, Bob, Wow!

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