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The explaining authority

My class for the term is finally starting to gel, even though today we had “outright lecture” to start things off. I absolutely hate having to revert to a high-school format of terms-and-definitions with a creative writing class, but I … Continue reading

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I should keep track

I’m reading, as mentioned to some, Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett. In it, while discussing (memoirizing?) her friendship with the poet Lucy Grealy, she talks about being in the MFA program at Iowa: For us, Iowa was an abundant … Continue reading

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Rationalizing

Star was kind enough to track down the Joyce Carol Oates quote I mentioned in my last post. It’s about, not from, her, but I think it’s the same thing I heard: Resolute: That’s the word. Because Oates writes relentlessly, … Continue reading

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E.B. White, Essayist

I took a grad-level class in the essay in my final semester as an undergraduate, and it was the best class I took. It was the class that absolutely convinced me I wanted to go to graduate school — a … Continue reading

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The second first day

Today, I had my first day of my seminar for this term, which is called something like Seminar in Creative Nonfiction: Memoir. I shall call it “Memoir,” because Steve is taken. Anyway, the instructor is also my adviser for this … Continue reading

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