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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.

January 8, 2008 - 3:48pm
January 7, 2008 - 10:36pm
Especially when the posting is just a couple of links to fun videos? The videos in this case represent a trend I've been following, which replicates computer effects with human labor. Call it a lashback to technology's capacity to dehumanize. Call it playful. Call it a bucket-load of work for the filmmakers and performers. Here's a ping pong match, done Matrix style, but without CGI effects. Watch to the end; it's worth it.
January 2, 2008 - 1:38pm
December 28, 2007 - 2:06am
My brother-in-law’s grandfather was kind and had an infectious laugh, but he was also a tough old bird, and to watch him eat was to be shown what he’d endured in his time. As a young man he’d been a machine-gunner in World War I, which he spoke of as a life’s adventure, and when he came home he went straight to the mines and then the munitions factory. He was middle-aged in the Depression, in already-depressed Southern Illinois.
December 21, 2007 - 2:02pm
Aaahhhhh. Hear that? That's the sound of no-students, the sound of final grades being deposited in a bank of computer servers. It's the sound of our cat, Gargantua, eating our Christmas tree.
December 19, 2007 - 5:20pm
December 14, 2007 - 10:42am
I can explain later (or not), but I'm quite serious. Please answer the following: John or Paul, and why?
Me
December 13, 2007 - 11:03am
Paul has said, famously, that the song “Yesterday” came to him in a dream. It was so complete that he couldn’t believe it was original and went around humming the tune to see if people had heard it before.
December 7, 2007 - 6:11pm
I know that on the page “my pud” sounds nasty, but you should see it in person. Better yet, drop by and have a taste.

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