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: www.rmgosselin.wordpress.com www.oneoclocktable.com


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NOVEMBER 12, 2012 10:37PM

Why I'm Not Thirsty for Republican Tears

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 »

OCTOBER 13, 2012 2:05PM

Come on, sell it to me.

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 ofRead full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2012 6:23PM

Mitt Romney's Heart of Darkness

"There was a vast amount of redgood 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 whereRead 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 »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 25, 2011 10:31AM

The iPad 2 and King Cotton Diplomacy

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 »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 5, 2011 6:52PM

Maximum Security English: Opening Night

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/…

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DARLING: Old English deorling, “favorite minion.” etymonline.com
The Brood

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 »

AUGUST 22, 2010 12:13PM

Carl Paladino Discovers the Workhouse


Oliver Twist is back.

According to an August 22 article in the Rochester, NY, Democrat and Chronicle

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

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AUGUST 11, 2010 4:55PM

Hymn to the Goddess, Suburbia

At every instant and from every side, resounds the call of Love:
We are going to sky, who wants to come with us?


Why show me this, if I am past all hope?
--Ebenezer Scrooge

Just as the watcher in the night,
Upon the verge of sea and sand,
Looks up

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JULY 30, 2010 6:46AM

Hail to Thee, Second Banana!

samwiseFull Disclosure: I never liked Frodo.

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 »

apolloI 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 was covered by TheRead full post »

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

smilybacchus2In his thousand year old Essay, “On the Cessation of Oracles,” Plutarch tells of a portentous voyage that a mariner named Thamus once took toRead full post »

MAY 25, 2010 11:35AM

Rand Paul Finds It Hard

whites_dinerGood 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.

gracoAround 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 »

MAY 16, 2010 12:24PM

My First Good News Sunday 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.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on VimeoRead full post »

holsterI 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 »

MAY 12, 2010 3:50PM

Blunt Trauma Theory

Car-crash--25-4-10-005It 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 »

APRIL 25, 2010 10:46AM

Arthur Gets Some Help

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 »

APRIL 18, 2010 10:11AM

Gecko Theology, after Tennyson

Sunday.  5:00 a.m. The lizard speaks.

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 »

APRIL 15, 2010 11:22PM

When Adjuncts Attack

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 »

APRIL 11, 2010 2:48PM

The Other Gosselin Women

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 »