My Summer of Springsteen

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This photo accompanied both Springsteen-related articles from The New Yorker.  The first, a long feature, is discussed below.  The other is a shorter recap of Springsteen’s career.  Both were written by David Remnick. With one week of summer vacation left, I’ve been looking back at what I did with my time off.  I spent a large […]

Raise the Jolly Roger!

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It’s time for me to talk about the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates. Although I often write about my love for baseball on this blog, I tend to approach it on a strictly literary basis.  I don’t write about current developments in the Major Leagues in general, or of the Pittsburgh Pirates in particular, since this is […]

A Response to “We Real Cool”

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Alas.  Sixty-six years after “We Real Cool,” white America gets the chance to respond. If you were ever a student in my English class, you read two poems–“Hope is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson, and “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks.  Eighth grade, eleventh grade, twelfth grade, creative writing–it doesn’t matter.  Those two […]

Saying Goodbye to Lee Patterson

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Today is the memorial for Lee Patterson, who taught me for six weeks during my seminar at Yale University.  He passed away in June at the age of 72. Dr. Lee Patterson was an incredible teacher and mentor, and I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to spend a summer in his classroom.  All […]