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MLK offers a history lesson

January 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

An ignorant question leads Dr. King to offer a strong lesson in black history in two minutes flat. I can tell that he’s slightly irritated, but also determined to break it ALL the way down. Which he does brilliantly. A king. #MLK90 pic.twitter.com/YJvvv4X22N — Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 21, 2019

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Hiatus

January 4th, 2019 · No Comments

Abandoned this blog in the fall of 2015, toward the end of my tenure as a professor of American studies and EFL classes for Japanese university students here in Miyazaki. Still in the game, though now as a part-time lecturer, & still in the struggle to teach and learn with my students, but as an […]

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Homecoming Day at MMU, 7 November 2015

November 6th, 2015 · No Comments

This Saturday, 7 November 2015, I am giving a talk for members of our MMU alumnae association on “Liberal Arts and Lifelong Learning.”

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Sotsuron in English ~ challenges and possibilities

May 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Presenting in a forum with Joe Tomei, Ken Ikeda, and John Herbert at PanSIG13 on Sunday, 19 May. We’ll be discussing the pleasures and puzzles of advising students enrolled in senior seminars who write their graduation theses in English. For anyone interested, I’ve uploaded my handout for downloading.

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Brooklyn Babylon

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Listening to ‘Brooklyn Babylon,’ Darcy James Argue’s stunning new album from New Amsterdam Records on NPR’s First Listen.

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IATEFL 2013, Liverpool, UK, 8-12 April

April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Next week the city of Liverpool hosts the IATEFL conference. If you cannot attend, but are interested in language learning and teaching, click on the banner below to access the video feeds from the conference.

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Rattapallax 21

April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

The latest issue of Rattapallax, Rattapallax21, has just been released as a free iPad app. It’s great! So, if you’ve got an iPad and are interested in poetics and new writing, in new modalities, check it out. (The link points to the US iTunes store, but the magazine should be available through iTunes everywhere, as […]

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Music tonight in New York

April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Wishing, at least today/tonight (2 April EDT), it could be April in New York for me. The Jim Rotondi Group with leader Jim Rotondi, Trumpet, Mike DiRubbo, Alto Sax, David Hazeltine, Piano, David Wong, Bass, and Joe Farnsworth, Drums is playing at Smalls. Over in Brooklyn, Eri Yamamoto’s trio played at Roulette – and that’s […]

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Upgrading to Lion

July 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Giddy at midnight, still giddy at first light: the upgrade to Lion, Mac OS 10.7, was a rib-tickling kick from start to finish, and put a feather in the cap of an already very happy day, at least for those with geeky tendencies, for had already updated BBEdit and Tinderbox. I had also read a […]

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Maid as Muse Review at X-Poetics

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Robin Tremblay-McGaw has a great little review of Aífe Murray’s Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson’s Life and Language (2010). The review includes a generous selection of extended quotes from Murray’s text, giving readers a good sense of the pleasures in Ms. Murray’s prose. Murray has made the working poor of nineteenth century […]

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Making it, full time

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

On March 6, Bill Moyers’s Journal celebrated poetry. The elegy for the Dodge Poetry Festival, cancelled for 2010, was excerpted from Fooling With Words produced in 2000. The segment features readings shorter and longer, including Kurtis Lamkin, Sharon Olds, W.S. Merwin and Coleman Barks. Lamkin performs with the kora, while Barks’s concluding reading features a […]

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Reading John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

I have just finished reading Steve Rothman’s account of the publication of Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” which I also finished reading today. I have two copies of Hersey’s text in my library, the version published in the 1988 reprint of Here to Stay, a collection of Hersey pieces originally published in The New Yorker and in Life, […]

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Writing Across the Curriculum

July 24th, 2008 · No Comments

The end of the term provokes reflection. What have I done well with my classes? Where did I go wrong? In what ways do I need to change my approach to the teaching of writing, design of assignments, construction of more useful learning environments for my students? Toward those ends, I began to take a […]

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Ronald Johnson: Life and Works

July 21st, 2008 · No Comments

In Hurrah for Euphony!, Mark Scroggins shares his delight upon taking delivery of Ronald Johnson: Life and Works, just published by the National Poetry Foundation in Orono, ME. Scroggins describes the volume as containing 700 plus pages of critical cool. Hope I can steal some time for it later this summer.

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Jacket 36

July 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Jacket 36, the late 2008 issue, is taking form. It includes a discussion between Rachel Blau DuPlessis and William Watkin on “Draft 33: Deixis” and Watkin’s essay “Though we keep company with cats and dogs”: Onomatopoeia, Glossolalia and Happiness in the work of Lyn Hejinian and Giorgio Agamben. I am not familiar with W. Watkin’s […]

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Seminar Presentations

February 11th, 2008 · No Comments

My American Studies seminar students finished their graduation thesis presentations yesterday. I am very proud of what they achieved. Their topics included Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Toni Morrison – Sula and Beloved, Ellison’s Invisible Man and Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Fitzgerald’s […]

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LifeTime Session 16 Nov 2007

November 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Katsuki Yasuno (vocals and euphonium) and Onishi Yosuke (piano) played at LifeTime last night with special guests.

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Acapella: RobStar Lobster

October 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Attended a live performance by RobStar Lobster tonight. “Donny,” (Kotaro-kun) the second vocalist in the group is the son of one of my oldest friends in Miyazaki, Yano Yasuhiro. RobStar Lobster is an acapella group performing polished and moving covers of Stevie Wonder, Beatles, Carole King songs along with Japanese pop standards and a few […]

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Pity the poor president!

September 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Two pieces on Dead Certain. Read ’em ‘n’ weep . . . . Jim Rutenberg in The New York Times. Ed Pilkington in The Guardian.

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Zadie Smith on Zora Neale Hurston

September 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

In the spring of 1969 when I was about to graduate from high school, Dr. King had been gone for a year, black power was in its ascendency (and in the FBI’s sights as we would learn all too well in December of that year. To remember it as a time of many troubles sounds/feels […]

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