What I’m Reading

It’s been too long since we’ve talked about books! I’ve been meaning to make a summer reading list, but suddenly the summer is half over and I don’t have a whole lot to show for it.  I’ve been reading in bits and pieces — a minor book funk, if you will — and so have picked […]

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Thanksgiving: 12

Thanksgiving is always at our house. Thanksgiving is watching Home Alone in the basement with the cousins, even though it’s technically a Christmas movie. Thanksgiving is Grandpa speaking German to the dog as he makes the gravy and she salivates from her rug.  I haven’t yet taken my year of University German, but I’m old […]

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English Majors Unite

I finished The White Forest tonight, tried simultaneously to go slowly and savor the words and to speed through to the ending.  And then I sat for a few minutes and missed the concept of English classes.  Of walking daily into an hour and twenty minutes of literary discussion.  I want a professor to deliver […]

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My Favorite Shakespeare Play

The very first play we read in my Shakespeare class was Romeo and Juliet.  I was disgusted to see it listed on the syllabus, and huffed about the assignment with others in the class. “But we read it in high school!” We exclaimed in mock-polite whispers,  “We discussed every scene at length, we watched the […]

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How My Good Days Work

I’ve said it before, and I’ll likely say it several more times: When I have good days, I never have good-all-the-way-through-from-sunup-to-sundown good days.  I have no-sleep-last-night-zit-on-my-nose-could-this-get-any-worse days that magically morph into good days. This morning, for example, all signs pointed to a bad day.  Well, by my above logic, I suppose that when things were […]

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The Waiters: A Short Story

Because it’s cold, and because I’ve been using said chill to justify a long afternoon of lazing around the house, and because having finally settled down with my Feminist Theory readings, I find myself engrossed, I’m posting a story. I wrote this several years ago, submitted it to First Line Fiction, and won third place. […]

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What Went Down

I want to talk to you about Wednesday and Thursday, as I’ve been building up those two days since the dawn of time (or since last week, at least). Wednesday was my senior seminar presentation.  Basically, having cut down my twelve page research paper about fortune’s role in Pandosto down to eight pages, I proceeded to […]

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Marathoning

I needed to write my Virginia Woolf final paper last night, and my friends, I was struck down by apathy.  Otherwise known as senioritis, otherwise known as the senior slide, otherwise known as post-Thanksgiving culture shock.  Suddenly, it all seemed futile: writing papers, doing readings, sitting through lectures, even serving on student government.  How would […]

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The Madness Begins

Ran 2.5 miles today.  Who am I? Also nearly fell down an entire flight of stairs.  Oh. That sounds more familiar. It’s funny that I can write quippy things like this, because the truth is that I have so much on my plate right now that I can barely breathe: 1. 10-15 page senior seminar […]

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