Give thanks for whatever you have to be thankful for. If you feel like taking the long view, you can read more about the history of the holiday over at the National Archives website: On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as an official holiday of “sincere… Continue reading »
Archives for November 2008
…and the pigs, cows, chickens, and other farm animals who live (if you call it living) on factory farms. Something to think about before you tuck into that bird tomorrow. (Thanks, Don.)
This is a nifty idea. If you know of other universities that are trying out similar ventures, let me know. Tons of scholarly presses have worked blogging into their PR portfolios, but this is the first university-created litblog I’ve come across.
Talk to your campus librarian.
My video of the St. Olaf Milton marathon is now online. It’s my first video experiment as a journalist, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I took the footage with one of those nifty Flip camcorders, and my talented colleague Brock Read did the editing mash-up. If you have 2 minutes and… Continue reading »
Tonight. Check it out if you’re in the vicinity and have $5 to spare. More info here.
Scenes from a marathon: My story about St. Olaf College’s all-day reading of Paradise Lost is now up: In between his reading stints, Chad Goodroad, a senior majoring in English and political science, hawked black “Milton Marathon” T-shirts at a card table. Someone asked him how sales were. “Crazy,” he said. “Actually, kinda slow.” A… Continue reading »
The Chicago-based mag Stop Smiling has just put out a D.C. issue. I went to a party on Friday for some of the contributors and people Q&A’d in the issue (I’m neither) and got off to a good start by asking the editor who he was. At least I can’t be accused of sucking up…. Continue reading »
In case it’s not already on your calendar, Dec. 9 is Milton’s 400th birthday. A couple of weeks ago I flew out to St. Olaf College, Minn. to take part in a marathon reading of “Paradise Lost” that some folks there staged in honor of the quatercentenary. I write about it in next week’s Chronicle…. Continue reading »
Tell the winner before you send out the media alert. An editor friend of mine got this note on Monday: New York-based writer Nam Le was tonight (10.11.08) named the winner of this yearâ€™s Â£60,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut collection of short stories, The Boat…. Nam Le will NOT be aware that he… Continue reading »