The Education of Oronte Churm

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.

March 21, 2008 - 3:34pm
We’re finishing our spring break with a couple of days at the Hyatt on the Chicago River, and this view out our window yesterday made me think of the second half of Sandburg’s “The Harbor”:
March 19, 2008 - 8:03pm
The way I read this chart by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans are spending on average only 20 minutes per day “Relaxing/Thinking.” (Half the five hours of daily leisure in America goes to TV.) If your youngest child is under six years of age, as ours is, relaxing/thinking drops to 12 minutes, the balance going to nagging him to put slippers back on his cold feet.
March 14, 2008 - 12:15am
It’s time for the big reveal, as they say! Contest judge Steve Davenport’s been reading all week to narrow down choices from some 250 entries left between here and LitPark. (Thanks, Susan!) Steve likes to pretend this was hard work, but the guy used to work in a flour mill. Grout factory. Something.
March 12, 2008 - 7:08pm
Little Truths contest judge Steve Davenport is currently hunkered down with your entries—cogitating, masticating—and I strongly suggest we give him some privacy and time to finish. He says he’ll be ready to post winners here on Friday. In the meantime, here’s a bit on having aesthetic standards, about which I argue with him twice a month. ***
March 4, 2008 - 12:21am
March 3, 2008 - 12:44am
Even if I hadn’t known Unofficial St. Pat’s Day was Friday at Illinois, I would have known something was up. As I walked in to campus along my usual route at 10:30 a.m., I could hear muted shouts from distant apartment buildings. A twin turboprop went over twice at a weirdly low altitude, nearly building-top level, and in the distance a black JetRanger helicopter orbited above some point on campus.
March 1, 2008 - 10:21am
For those of you interested in entering my Little Truths Writing Contest, there's about a week left to get those entries in. Deadline is midnight, March 7th, so warm up your word processing machines and submit for a chance at cash and prizes!
February 29, 2008 - 11:21am
Would you people please take it easy, today and tomorrow, and use your heads? I'm coming out to take a look, and I don't want any part of me getting damaged--least of all my delicate sensibilities.
February 27, 2008 - 12:56am
Today, my friend Ben Cohen helps us mind the gap.
February 26, 2008 - 8:28am
Please click through to read a brief plan, by my McSweeney's editor and pal John Warner, to rage against the machine. Or to agitate against the system. Or maybe just to upset the applecart a little. Anyway, he could use your help.

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