The X’s and Y’s of It

Professor X noticed Student X weaving down the hallway towards him.  Drunk, perhaps?  Not Student X, thought Professor X.  There must be some other explanation.  And so he intercepted him as he veered toward a corkboard scrambled with out-of-date announcements.  Are you OK, Professor X asked, looking into Student X’s saucered eyes.  Oh yes, said… More

Guide to the Guides

In this installment of Guide to the Guides, I’ll be giving some notes on Technique in Fiction by Robie Macauley and George Lanning. Just to be clear, I’m basing this on the hardcover of the second edition published in 1987; there was a paperback version of the second edition that came out in 1990, but… More

Albany Journal – 7/12/12

I went to the Wirters Institute last night not expecting much.  But I found something much better – Rossana Warren and her wonderful, skillful poetry, and Margot Livesey’s incredibly well-written novel.  The writer Honor Moore introduced Warren, and as it turned out, I found Warren’s work to  rely upon the postulates and axioms of sound, bringing… More

Walden Deck

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living… More

Albany Journal – 7/11/12

I don’t know how it exactly happened, but for some reason I fell asleep for three days and just came to consciousness last night.  I was playing softball with other recovering people on Friday last week when the temperature hovered around 93 degrees.  I ran a lot, hit the ball when I could, and played… More