So I took a month off from blogging without really meaning to. What that says I don’t know, except that I must have had things to do and places to be. Or maybe I’ve been lazy and distracted. I’ve done a little traveling this past month and a little fiction-writing. More on that anon. Anyway,… Continue reading »
It seems I joined the so-called slow-blogging movement without intending to. Sorry about that. Time to get back to slapdash, off-the-cuff posting. So what *have* I been doing lately? I’ve been out to Montgomery College to talk to a continuing-ed group about the short story I wrote for D.C. Noir. The takeaway: It’s fun to… Continue reading »
Tonight. Check it out if you’re in the vicinity and have $5 to spare. More info here.
Founded in 1999, Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed…. Continue reading »
Too funny: WASHINGTONâ€”The National Endowment for the Arts announced Monday that it has begun construction on a $1.3 billion, 14-line lyric poemâ€”its largest investment in the nation’s aesthetic- industrial complex since the $850 million interpretive-dance budget of 1985. “America’s metaphors have become strained beyond recognition, our nation’s verses are severely overwrought, and if one merely… Continue reading »
Ever felt the impulse to whip out a red pen and go to town on a badly written menu or sign? Resist it. From the Arizona Republic: Two self-anointed “grammar vigilantes” who toured the nation removing typos from public signs have been banned from national parks after vandalizing a historic marker at the Grand Canyon…. Continue reading »
You’d never know it from my wardrobe, but I subscribe to Lucky, “the magazine about shopping and style.” (It used to just be “the magazine about shopping”–times were simpler then.) It’s not the articles that keep me hooked, much as I appreciate being given advice on topics like “613 Smart Buys” (SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN?… Continue reading »
Even the New Yorker has a book blog now. But this one (“loose leafs from the New Yorker books department”) looks like it’s worth keeping an eye on. I’ve already seen more female bylines there than I do in most issues of the print mag.
One of the things I love best about my job at the Chronicle is getting to do stuff like talk to people who spend their days wrestling Latin dactylic hexameters into English. A poet and classicist named Sarah Ruden has just published what appears to be the first major translation of Virgil’s Aeneid by a… Continue reading »
I’ve been getting questions about the new, reading-heavy recommendations for undergraduate creative-writing instruction that I wrote about not long ago for the Chronicle (subscription required). The guidelines, put together by the AWP (The Association of Writers and Writing Programs), have now been posted on the group’s website as part of the 2008 AWP Director’s Handbook…. Continue reading »