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February 4, 2011
What can you say about the canonical William Gass? Essayist, novelist, literary critic, he has been the recipient of the first PEN/Nabokov Award, the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the Art of the Essay, three National Book Critic Circle Awards for Criticism, a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award for Fiction and the Medal of Merit for Fiction from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations.
February 4, 2011
Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore discusses portrayal of characters in a brief essay by John Griswold that was first published in Brevity then listed as notable in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.
February 4, 2011
Poet and writing program administrator Steve Davenport talks about poetry and lyrics—and co-writes a song or two—with indie musician Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie. Davenport also collaborates with Kevin Matz.
February 3, 2011
I know gender inequality hasn't gone away, and that we are not living in a post-sexist society, but I can still be caught by surprise. For example, women buy and read the majority of books, but get the mouse's share of book review coverage. Women have opinions, but some 80% of published op/ed pieces have male names in the bylines.
February 3, 2011
“What is a fellowship?” This question opened more conversations than I can count over the last four and a half years of my professional life, and it lacks a straightforward answer. Some ‘fellowships’ are in fact scholarships (Rhodes to study at Oxford; Gates to study at Cambridge). Others are grants (Fulbrights for independent projects) or funded internships (Junior Fellows at the Carnegie Foundation; Urban Fellows in New York City). All three categories and a multitude of additional permutations share a fundamental commitment to mentorship.
February 3, 2011
I recommend that you read Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids and What We Can Do About It by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus.
February 3, 2011
- Twitter’s coverage of the revolution in Egypt has been revelatory. Jillian York (@jilliancyork) has singlehandedly done a better job than all of the tv networks and newspapers combined. I started doing Twitter as a lark, but it’s really proving itself. Katrina Gulliver (@katrinagulliver) is emerging as a breakout star of the medium. Highly recommended.
February 3, 2011
When I think back to the one day that almost everyone in my generation recalls vividly, I remember that the one thing that gave me perspective on September 11, 2001 was the fact that I taught my class in College Algebra. When my students were having trouble making it to class, because of closed bridges and highways, I stood in front of a (small) class and explained the rules by which the mathematical world, if not the real world, functioned.
February 3, 2011
Debra Di Blasi presents “Publishing as Mashup,” a discussion of Jaded Ibis Press’s "full-spectrum book editions, its writer-friendly royalty structure, and forward-thinking business model including an eco-friendly mission—with words, music, and sound images from the company’s multimedia sphere."
February 3, 2011
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.

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