- Rochester, New York, USA
- August 06
- Genesee Community College
- I moved from Boston to Rochester, NY in 2004. I teach composition at a local community college. More at:
MY RECENT POSTS
- Why I'm Not Thirsty for
November 09, 2012 10:53PM
- Come on, sell it to me.
October 13, 2012 01:56PM
- Mitt Romney's Heart of
October 08, 2012 06:11PM
- Take Two Ghiblis and Call Me
in the Morning
October 03, 2012 04:22PM
- They Took the School, the
Whole F***ing School
September 29, 2012 11:33PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I think this is largely
the glories of social media
action. But it also goes
October 13, 2012 07:58AM
- “That'll do, as
October 04, 2012 01:46PM
- “It's fascinating to me
that he wonders if he was
November 26, 2011 10:50PM
- “Very well said. Why is
this still a controversy? (One
November 26, 2011 10:34PM
- “I've grown to really
love students like that,
because they make
October 03, 2011 04:31PM
- MY LINKS
I should have known I was a sap the day someone came into the bookstore I was working at near Fenway Park, stuck what he claimed was a gun into my face, and said, “Give me the money or I’ll blow your fucking head off,” and I felt sorry for him./… Read full post »
Whichever poet* wrote, “And if I drink oblivion of a day, / So shorten I the stature of my soul,” was probably never in sales.
If I force myself, I can remember the day when, with my new real estate license tucked into my wallet, I met with the manager of… Read full post »
"There was a vast amount of red—good to see at any time, because one knows that some real work is done in there, a deuce of a lot of blue, a little green, smears of orange, and, on the East Coast, a purple patch, to show where… Read full post »
I just dropped my son and 4 of his friends off at Hotel Transylvania, and went out for a bourbon. This was the first time I’ve ever done this. Was it the right thing to do? Will the boys be ok? Was it sporting of me to release a pod of/… Read full post »
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a letter from Ernie Gibble, Senior Director of Global Communications at DeVry, Inc., entitled, "Attacks on Private-Sector Colleges Harm Students and Alumni." In the letter, Gibble offers a master class in rhetorical gymnastics. Here's how it opens:
Ove… Read full post »
Let’s face it, shoppers: over the next few weeks, everybody will be bringing pepper spray to Walmart. It’s cheap, it’s easy to get, and police forces throughout America have already shown how effective it can be when used casually against perceived threats.
To really get at the good… Read full post »
I'm writing this on an iPad 2, black, with Verizon 3G and a red leather Smart Cover. It's only got 32 GB. Even though the price was still less than many laptops, forgoing the most powerful model allowed me to add a wireless keyboard and handy charging dock. Certainly, I coveted… Read full post »
The Educational Program Director of the prison phoned me on Wednesday morning—the first day of class—to say that she was at a training session somewhere else, and was unable to “get back in,” but good luck, and tell the officer that the textbooks are locked up in a cabinet nea… Read full post »
A few days ago, the National Review‘s Kate O’Beirne took part in a panel discussion at the Hudson Institute, a “nonpartisan policy research organization” out of Washington, DC. During the discussion—entitled, “Less from Washington, More of Ourselves&rdqu/…
DARLING: Old English deorling, “favorite minion.” —etymonline.com
All writers love their children, I suppose.
Lewis Carroll had his portmanteau words, like vorpal, manxome, and frabjous. Robert Frost loved what he called “the sound of sense.” Truman Capote said… Read full post »
Oliver Twist is back.
Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they would work in state-sponsored jobs, g… Read full post »
At every instant and from every side, resounds the call of
We are going to sky, who wants to come with us?
Why show me this, if I am past all hope?
Just as the watcher in the night,… Read full post »
Upon the verge of sea and sand,
Where's that other guy? You know, the one who's carrying the pots 'n pans, talking about The Shire, wearing the Ring when he has to (and giving it up when he has to), and who will eventually carry it and Frodo on his own back.… Read full post »
I believe a poet once said, “The best-laid Essays o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.”
Joel Stein, at Time, recently discovered the truth of this when his humor piece, My Own Private India, went viral, and not in a good way.
It’s the last Saturday in August, and the local water park is in full panic mode. Despite the humidity, the baking sun, and the shimmering undulations heaving up from the tired pavement, the general feeling is: This is it, folks. Summer’s over. Great clouds of visitors make for the pools,… Read full post »
“With adolescent egotism and a lot of money one can pretty much rule the world.” —Glen Duncan, I, Lucifer
Good morning, Mr. Paul. Sorry to wake you, but I've been reading your comments on private business, fair housing laws, and Civil Rights legislation, and was especially struck by your statement that allowing businesses to discriminate as they see fit is "the hard part about believing in freedom… Read full post »
Dear Committee: Let me tell you a story.
Around 15 years ago, my wife and I began the process of adopting our first child from the Department of Social Services. He was 2 months old, and came “Legal Risk,” meaning that the adoption was being contested, and basically we… Read full post »
You've probably seen this before, but it seemed appropriate to bring it up again. (Especially after reading recent posts by Jeannette DeMain and bobbot.) For a while, I was literally addicted to this video, like an emotional drug.
I used to hate May.
If you've ever been in a faculty office suite at the end of the semester, you'll know why. If not, just imagine half a dozen students simultaneously making a last ditch effort to pass a course they’ve ignored since February, with the… Read full post »
It began like any other day: warm and sunny, hinting at both the passing of luxurious summer and the promise of winter’s quickening chill. The students, young and eager to learn, were turning in their first paper, the time-honored Narrative Essay, in which they described, in loving detai… Read full post »
I teach American Lit at a local career college, the kind of place that has signs on the doors saying, “Check and correct your clothing to ensure that your naval, buttocks, chest or cleavage is not showing,” and, “Remove your hat, stocking cap, ‘do-rag’ or bandanna (this… Read full post »
Sunday. 5:00 a.m. The lizard
The morning comes at last, and so the dead
Of night retreats into the corners whence,
Eating only skin myself had shed,
I dropped some mortal flesh in vain defense.
O God of lizards, I am cold, and seek
The light and warmth that quicken… Read full post »
The juiciest prey approach the watering hole at 8:00 on a sunny morning in early September. Fresh from their high school graduation, or flush with pride after earning a GED, they arrive for ENG101, sit at the computer stations without opening Facebook, take out their texts, and wait. Already,… Read full post »
Since this Kate person is giving the Gosselin women a bad name, I figured it was about time to introduce a few more. These are photos from my family, beginning in Quebec, and ending in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, I don't know who most of these people are yet.
The first 3… Read full post »