Some fantastic spooky season reads--Nona the Ninth, On Writing, Saturnalia, The Cherry Robbers, Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body--and a great many links to good writing elsewhere!
Daybook What is it, exactly? What makes a daybook different from a diary, or a journal? I'm still not sure. One of the online creative writing classes I took in 2019 required it: two entries a week in a digital document, dated like a journal and submitted through the same online portal we used to… Continue reading The morning pages and other lapsed intentions
The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer. I've enjoyed the author's other books, and this one is no exception. The book mostly centers on Amy, a New York mom who grapples with feelings of uselessness as her ten-year-old son becomes more independent, her marriage seems perfunctory, and her former career as an attorney seems impossibly distant… Continue reading Reading Roundup: January 2019
This post is modified from the original, which appeared in 2012 on Peachleaves. Back in my hoop-jumping early years of grad school, I sent an abstract of a seminar paper to three editors of a proposed volume. The road to revision never did run smooth, but the process for this volume was more painful than it… Continue reading How Not To Be: Peer Review
A recent NYT opinion piece gave some pretty surprising statistics on English majors: "In 1991, 165 students graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English literature. By 2012, that number was 62. In 1991, the top two majors at Yale were history and English. In 2013, they were economics and political science. At Pomona this… Continue reading The Flight of the English Major