Author Archives: Hugh Nicoll

About Hugh Nicoll

Hugh Nicoll teaches at Miyazaki Municipal University in Miyazaki City, Kyushu, Japan

Homecoming Day at MMU, 7 November 2015

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

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 … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Babylon

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

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

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 … Continue reading

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Music tonight in New York

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 … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Lion

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 … Continue reading

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Maid as Muse Review at X-Poetics

Robin Tremblay-McGaw has a great little review of AĆ­fe 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 … Continue reading

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Making it, full time

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. … Continue reading

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Reading John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”

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 … Continue reading

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Writing Across the Curriculum

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 … Continue reading

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Ronald Johnson: Life and Works

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. … Continue reading

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Jacket 36

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 … Continue reading

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Seminar Presentations

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, … Continue reading

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LifeTime Session 16 Nov 2007

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

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Acapella: RobStar Lobster

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 … Continue reading

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Pity the poor president!

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

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 … Continue reading

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Grace Lee Boggs

“Seeds of Change,” a Grace Lee Boggs piece on the Bill Moyers Journal site asks a host of What must be done? questions for our time. She quotes Margaret Wheatley on the necessity of cultivating a new way of thinking … Continue reading

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income gaps & Monbiot on the neoliberal con

The front page of yesterday’s Guardian featured a story, The Boardroom Bonanza on the 98 to 1 gap between executive and employee pay. I have no doubt that mention of the “R” word would carry little weight in policy discussions, … Continue reading

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