I am thrilled to be one of the performers at this event: 7X7 Presents Joan Didion Power Hour at Litquake Literary Festival. Join 7x7 in this special Lit Crawl tribute to Joan Didion as five authors read stories from the fringes, fissures and evocative intersections of contemporary Californian culture in honor of the 50th Anniversary … Continue reading Joan Didion Power Hour at Litquake
Okay, Impossible Vacation doesn't really work as a novel. It reads like one of Gray's monologues. And if you've heard Monster in a Box or Sex and Death at Age 14, then the protagonist, Brewster North, his mother, and his journey, will be familiar to you.
The pending teacher shortage crisis in both math and sciences is well-known, lesser known are the successes of institutions of higher education to address the need for STEM educators. In this report, Nada Djordjevich, Executive Director of Gibson and Associates, reviews some of the the efforts of California State University East Bay in addressing this problem and solving this crisis.
Straight Man by Richard Russo Fast Times at a Pennsylvania College Hank Devereaux, interim English department chair at a small, poorly funded Pennsylvania college, suffers from a case of "arrested adult development." He has destructive prankster tendencies, misgivings about his career, and is troubled by his relationship with his father, a well-known professor of trendy … Continue reading Fast Times at a Pennsylvania College: A Review of Richard Russo’s Comedic Novel, Straight Man
Cycling in Oregon, and a reflection on river rafting, leadership, and the joys of camp coffee.
Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray My rating: 4 of 5 stars Okay, Impossible Vacation doesn't really work as a novel. It reads like one of Gray's monologues. And if you've heard Monster in a Box or Sex and Death at Age 14, then the protagonist, Brewster North, his mother, and his journey, will be familiar … Continue reading And Don’t Forget to Pack Your Neuroses
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam My rating: 4 of 5 stars According to Robert Putnam's book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, the communal working class suburb is an anomaly in a nation increasingly governed by the old Groucho Mark joke, "I don't want … Continue reading Friends don’t let Friends Bowl Alone