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What Frogger Can Tell Us About Reading Shakespeare…

 [A repost from my Shakespeare blog, “Shakescene“] I’ve found, in the course of more than a decade teaching Shakespeare, that AP Lit students still balk on occasion (more than) when it comes to consistently reading the textual notes. Some feel … Continue reading

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Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 3

[Part 3 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] The central theme of the novel seems to be the question of free will, how much control we have over our destinies, if any, and the … Continue reading

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Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 1

[Part 1 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] Is the novel’s plot mirroring a particular Shakespeare tragedy? Even the spots of comic relief (Henry’s interrogation & the graveyard conversation with Randy) reminded … Continue reading

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Review of Midge Raymond’s “Forgetting English”

Former colleague, good friend, and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, Midge Raymond is also the author of a lovely, smart, touching collection of short stories entitled Forgetting English, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. I wanted to take this … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Ego or When to Self-Publish

The decision to self-publish, though it may seem like the harmless choice of an author continually, woefully rejected by agents, is not, in fact, an easy one to make. There is something – and I know you know this – … Continue reading

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Author Q&A: In Which the Author Spills Some Coffee Beans…

Here’s an excerpt from an author Q&A I submitted to a potential review site (which shall, for now, remain nameless). It gives you a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of flavor as well as providing you with some trainspotting details perhaps … Continue reading

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