The Education of Oronte Churm

Oronte Churm is the pen name of John Griswold, who teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country on the Louisiana Gulf.

Oronte Churm is the pen name of John Griswold, who teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country on the Louisiana Gulf.

July 22, 2008 - 1:17pm
In response to the Archaeological Institute of America’s recent election of actor Harrison Ford to their board of directors, and to corporate giant Expedia’s Indiana Jones Travel Experiences, the normally staid Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) has announced the most exciting new option in adventure scholarship
July 17, 2008 - 10:28pm
If you’re like me, you never go anywhere without a book, since there’s too great a chance you might be stuck waiting for someone or something without even a magazine at hand. But choosing the right book for a given situation is important, and sometimes more difficult than choosing the clothes you'll wear out of the house.
July 16, 2008 - 3:27pm
Our old friend Charlie Hailey, who happens to be young and brilliant, told me I should read the wonderfully-named Lars Lerup—urban theorist, Dean at Rice University, and Swedish-American of the Year, 2004.
July 11, 2008 - 3:50pm
Yes, our Department of Animal Sciences works on live animals “to optimize accretion of lean tissue with acceptable quality [by] determining the practical application of growth promotants such as somatotropin and ß-adrenergic agonists to alter the composition of meat animals, and developing strategies to use components of the endocrine axis for genetic selection on the basis of potential for lean tissue accretion.”
July 10, 2008 - 12:01pm
July 6, 2008 - 10:34am
She'll have to drop the torch and the tablet to use it, though.
July 4, 2008 - 1:03am
We live with constant news of environmental catastrophe and possible, probable and certain extinctions, including humankind’s. Granted, the reports are sometimes contradictory. Polar bears have become the bellwether for global warming due to loss of habitat, but the news the other day said they’ll all retire south to Alaska and be fine. Maybe they’ll have a gated community.
June 25, 2008 - 4:47pm
Responding to yet another kerfluffle over whether writing workshops are good or evil, good friend of The Education of Oronte Churm Dinty Moore writes: …it finally hit me, like a soft mallet to the head, that I don’t teach a writing workshop—I’m not sure many of us in the academic creative writing field actually do—I teach an editing workshop. Here’s what I mean:
June 20, 2008 - 3:39pm
My son Starbuck, who’s six, is home a lot this summer, so I figured we might find some time to do a little home-school unit on Twain: Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, drive over to Springfield to the Lincoln Museum and out to Hannibal, ride a steamboat, watch some grave robbers, smoke a few pipes. That sort of thing.
June 18, 2008 - 8:49am
In my mind, I’m already a mogul.

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