Monthly Archives: March 2007

Northern Boys and the Apostles’ Creed

First of all, I just want to share the conclusion of an email a friend from high school sent me today.  In the body of the email he informs me he’s engaged, he’s bought a house, his mom is having … Continue reading

Posted in Everything In Between | 9 Comments

Book Talk Brain Dump

Every time I think I’m getting in a rhythm with my blogging, I’m thrown a curve-ball. I had the best of intentions to blog over the weekend but various and sundry plans kept me away from home for most of … Continue reading

Posted in On the Nightstand | 10 Comments

The birth of an idea

don’t you love this moment? the moment the idea comes, but the realities of the work ahead of you haven’t? Today I had an idea for a book, a nonfiction book, my first real nonfiction idea in, well, a while.  … Continue reading

Posted in The Private, Time for a Hundred Visions and Revisions | 13 Comments

If you don’t blog about it, did it really happen?

Last Sunday at workshop I told my fellow writers how I quit my job in the nice University town with the farmer’s markets and the white-washed library and many lovely restaurants in order to return to my old place of employment … Continue reading

Posted in Detroit Rock City, The Private, The Public, Working Girl | 15 Comments

I am Charlotte Simmons

First of all, it wasn’t until I was halfway through I am Charlotte Simmons when it dawned on me that I am forever confusing Tom Wolfe and Tobias Wolff. A. particularly doesn’t like Tom Wolfe and when she mentions this … Continue reading

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Frustration and Comfort, within the pages of Poets & Writers

I remember exactly the moment I read Tom Bissell’s essay “War Wounds” in “Harper’s.” I was embroiled in my last year of my M.F.A. program at Pitt, desperately trying to balance my teaching load, my courses, the completion of my … Continue reading

Posted in Time for a Hundred Visions and Revisions | 10 Comments

Misc: The thinking blogger award, Estella’s revenge, and etc.

Dorothy from Of Books and Bicycles has nominated me for a thinking blogger award, a blog trying to promote better blog content throughout the community. The concept of improving blog content is an interesting one, and I’m not entirely sure … Continue reading

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I have a brilliant idea! So brilliant I might win one of those big prizes, like the Nobel or…another big name prize!  Since the state of Texas is busy stealing company headquarters from Michigan  (Comerica and Proquest, just this week), not … Continue reading

Posted in Michigan Meditations | 6 Comments

Writing and Reading (and blogging!) around the edges of a busy life –

I can’t claim the above title as mine – I read something similar in a literary journal once (wish I could remember which one!) The author wrote about how she went to a writing colony for a couple weeks with … Continue reading

Posted in Time for a Hundred Visions and Revisions | 10 Comments

Support Our Troops

The Hobgoblin has written an incredibly moving post on his blog, asking his readers (and his readers readers, and his readers readers readers) to blog about exactly what it means to support our troops.  The  conclusion of this post will … Continue reading

Posted in Everything In Between, The Private, The Public | 13 Comments