Higher Education Webinars

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.

August 28, 2008 - 12:37am
Crazy Larry, always hungry for acting roles, sent me an ad he found on Craig’s List:
August 21, 2008 - 2:07pm
Our friend Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin says there are three kinds of exhaustion: “Exhaustion caused by muscular fatigue, exhaustion caused by overtaxing the brain, and exhaustion caused by amorous excess.”
August 20, 2008 - 12:23pm
I have a new dispatch up at McSweeney's today, in which I prove myself to be the monster that so many have always thought I was.
August 14, 2008 - 4:54pm
My family and I are back from our trip, and I’m ready to get back to work. While we were in West Virginia, if we wanted to check e-mail we had to drive up to Snowshoe Ski Resort and use the wireless at the Starbucks.
August 8, 2008 - 9:46am
As far as I know, summers off from school have their roots in agriculture. Students needed the time to tend the crops, cut wood, make repairs, put up food, and after harvest they could come back to the classroom.
July 31, 2008 - 11:10pm
Never let it be said that Oronte Churm isn’t hip to what’s goin’ down in the scene. You think I don’t see things? Everybody walking around with their websites and their fancy hairdryers and their catalytic converters. Alright, I can play that game.
July 31, 2008 - 12:03am
Ever wonder how graphic designers think about book covers? This site by design firm Fwis might be illuminating. They post images of new covers, do a short critique of each, and give other designers the chance to weigh in with comments. (They also write a column in Publisher’s Weekly, with extended select critiques.)
July 25, 2008 - 12:46pm
Advice for novelists, essayists, and poets everywhere from Plato, by way of our mutual writer friend
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.


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