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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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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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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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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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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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end of term release

Our first semester exams finished 1 August, but I was busy with marking, reading through student portfolios, writing up reports, committee work, etc. through 17 August. I failed, yet again, to make much progress cleaning my office, but I left … Continue reading

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Hic & Nunc at the Boulder Fringe

My sister Jessica and her partner Barry Oreck are performing at the Boulder Fringe Festival. They’ve got three more shows this coming weekend, Friday – Sunday. For more info, check out their page on the festival site.

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Seyhmus Dagtekin

Yet another reason to be grateful for Pierre Joris’s return to more active blogging. Inspired by Pierre’s account of Dagtekin’s reading in Paris, I googled the poet, was was pleased to find his page at the French publisher site, Le … Continue reading

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The Hillary Exception

Over at the TPM Cafe, Ari Berman discusses the ties between big capital and politics-as-usual, a response to notices of his recent piece in The Nation, “Hilary, Inc.” Nails it.

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

James Wood has a delicious review of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in The New Republic. Here’s his in-a-nutshell description of dirty realism: This was a prose of short declarative sentences, in which verbs docked quickly at their objects, adjectives and … Continue reading

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Poethical Retallack

Digging, sorting, scrounging around in search of strategies for articulating a poetics/theory of/for autonomous learning and teaching found Joan Retallack’s contribution to Jacket 32, “What is Experimental Poetry & Why Do We Need It?” Consider this description of being in … Continue reading

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poetry and pedagogy

Ron Silliman included a link to a Barbara K. Fischer review of Poetry and Pedagogy, edited by Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr, the other day. Haven’t read the collection of essays yet, but it’s clearly a must as I’ve been … Continue reading

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A reading test

Geof Huth has published “A reading test” on his Visualizing Poetics blog. logo-like glyph…. he’s requesting comments, which he’ll then summarize and evaluate when he explains the text in a few days. Don’t reckon I’ve many readers as this blog … Continue reading

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WinK & WinM

Today Joe Tomei & Rick Lavin are giving a talk today at KouritsuDai on using Blogger in writing classes. I wonder what the advantages of Blogger might be over using other blogging engines or even a dedicated server.

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Poetics, music, space

more on poetics and music in open forms from Barrett Watten, the text of the talk Watten gave at the symposium two weeks ago. Braxton in the air, though still underground. Check out the 2001 interview with Fred Jung from … Continue reading

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blackbird

There’s a male blackbird in a juniper perhaps 8 meters from my B&B window here in Harrogate. I can’t ever remember hearing the common blackbird sing before. Perhaps that’s because other than last spring’s visit to Cardiff, my only real … Continue reading

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the intention economy

Doc Searls has a really interesting piece on “The Intention Economy” up on the Linux Journal site. It’s a good, old-fashioned common sense critique of the marketing jargon that’s got most of us trapped in mind-rotting rhetorical fantasy lands. Bad … Continue reading

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