Category: Nonfiction

David Foster Wallace – R.I.P.

Farewell, David Foster Wallace WORTH IT above – Wallace on Charlie Rose. Let it load and go to the 23 minute mark or read the transcript here. Wallace speaks on the conflict between teaching and the department’s demand for publishing, his philosopher father (James Donald Wallace), being on set with and his love for David…

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Jacket Is All New

Announcing Jacket 35 — Early 2008 Editor: John Tranter – Associate Editor: Pam Brown ======================================== and don’t forget to check out Jacket’s new RSS feed — here. Fresh news items, updated as the whim takes us ======================================== “There are only 10 kinds of computer programmers: those who know binary and those who don’t.” ======================= Feature:…

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Currently reading Barbara Kingsolver’s brilliant new book, ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE. A series of quick excerpts from the first chapter to whet your appetite and inspire: A profit-driven food industry has exploded and nutritionally bankrupted our caloric supply, and we long for a Food Leviticus to save us from the sinful roil of cheap fats and…

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Poets Off Poetry

 This Recording Thanks to Jackie Clark for inviting me to participate in the ten part Poets Off Poetry series. My contribution, “Fed You From The Blood of My Nose: A Medley Melodic,” appears under the heading, “In Which Nearly Every Human Knows This Desire.” Lots of links to music you might enjoy, and I hope…

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Small Presses and Big Politics

1. Go on and support Small Press Distribution if you have money to spare. My most recent is available now. 2. One speculative equation regarding “How Clinton Won“: “Hillary Clinton won last night by putting together the voting coalition that has held Democratic frontrunners in good stead for 75 years. Take a look at these…

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Analysis 101

Many of my students are required to watch the above youtube video, “A Girl Like Me”, among numerous others, as part of their supplemental assignments in my courses. Basically, I try to get them to begin analyzing by using the mediums they are most accustomed to, which include youtube and showing dvds of popular media…

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Graduation Day Adjustments

Caution: the following excerpts do not do justice to the scope and magnitude of David Foster Wallace’s very practical advice to liberal arts graduates and the rest of us. Please feel free to click on the link and read his proposition in its entirety: Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to…

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