Sep. 22nd, 2010 | 08:20 am
Jul. 26th, 2010 | 05:20 pm
Spent the weekend at Ellie's family's place in Newport, Rhode Island. I'd never been, despite all that time I've spent in New England. I found Newport to be, well, perhaps a rich man's version of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Did some sailing and only became mildly seasick. Went on what I thought would be a 7 mile run, but a wrong turn made it into a 12 miler. Ate delicious things like lobster, blueberry peach upside-down cake, seared duck breast, blueberry amaretto shortcake, ice cream, and massive amounts of delicious cheese. If you'd like, take a look at some photos.
Jul. 8th, 2010 | 01:10 pm
May. 27th, 2010 | 10:54 am
If you haven't met Misery Bear yet, I suggest you introduce yourself to him.
May. 11th, 2010 | 11:25 pm
Anyway, the cake baking turned into a day long event, in part because of my lack of experience and in part because I only had one cake pan (which I pilfered from work), so I had to bake the layers one at a time. I also had to make extra frosting to account for my cruddy frosting abilities. But when all was said and done, I had myself a cake, even decorated in honor of our three little pets:
Apr. 23rd, 2010 | 04:49 pm
Philly, of course, has Milch Fever in anticipation of the visit. They even published an interview with Mr. Milch in the Citypaper. Fancy!
Apr. 6th, 2010 | 08:24 am
But eventually, we warmed up to each other:
Mar. 21st, 2010 | 11:10 pm
Not pictured: his bowling shoes, white socks, short pants, and "Kick me!" sign on back; my white knee socks and mary janes.
Interestingly, this is the first party I've ever attended that was busted by the Philadelphia Police. You can imagine how they reacted to the revelers' attire upon entering the apartment.
Mar. 15th, 2010 | 11:26 am
Telling Stories: Memory in Nonfiction and Fiction
This interactive workshop will focus on literary non-fiction and fiction. Students will explore – through their own work and others’ – how writers use memory to create narrative. Writing experiments will be conducted to help students get a handle on how memory and language guide (and fail) the writer. Students will be encouraged to test the boundary between fiction and non-fiction as they shape stories through description, plot, character and theme.
Readings will include work by Joe Brainard, Phillip Lopate, Joan Didion, Rick Moody, Paul Auster, and others.
A large portion of class time will be spent discussing student work. Revision will be essential. Students will keep a journal for in-class and at-home writing experiments and reflections. An email listserv will be used to discuss readings and other topics. In addition to writing assignments throughout the semester, students will complete a final portfolio of approximately fifteen pages of revised work.