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Reading and Writing

In Medias Res

“Cut these words and they would bleed; they are vascular and alive.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Montaigne, or the Skeptic,” Representative Men: …

Seeing and Being Seen

For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for conveyance, not …

Extravagance and Possibility

Mark C. Long. Upstream: Selected Essays. By Mary Oliver. New York: Penguin, 2016. Cloth. $26.00 and Felicity. By Mary Oliver. New York: Penguin, …

“Now comes good sailing”

Today is the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. It is good to see Thoreau celebrations and stories of Thoreau …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every detachment prepares a new detachment. Of course, prophecy becomes habitual and reaches all things. Having seen one thing that was firmament …

NAPLA Project

The year I began graduate school at the University of Washington the department of English began the Computer-Integrated Courses (CIC) Program. The …

Right and Wrong

This morning I read Michelle Navarre’s “Cleary The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar” in The Atlantic magazine. The essay takes up the …

Digital Compost

“Something startles me where I thought I was safest” Walt Whitman, “This Compost” It is exciting to be a professor of English …

The Real Work

“Knowing that nothing need be done, is where we begin to move from” -Gary Snyder, “Four Changes,” Turtle Island (1974) How do …

Know Thyself

What is English? This question is at the center of a conversation that has been unfolding since I arrived at Keene State …

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