We All Shine On

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It was 43 years ago today that “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” sprang from John Lennon’s head fully formed. John Lennon wrote and recorded “Instant Karma!” in a single day.  He famously stated “I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner.”  The single, which bore the […]

First Day of School

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Tomorrow is my first day of graduate school. Tomorrow I begin my coursework to get a Master’s degree in literature from the University of Memphis.  I did not plan to wait until I was 35 years old to start this process, or to put it off until I had two children and twelve years of […]

5-4-3-2-1 Punk Rock!

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This weekend I finished Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the exhaustive oral history of the New York City punk scene .  It was a fascinating and trashy read, and it had me obsessing about music even more than I usually do. So I gave myself a 5-4-3-2-1 project, inspired by an assignment […]

December Reading

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Here’s what I read in December 1. The Human Stain by Philip Roth For me, reading Philip Roth is like listening to the Smiths or rooting for the Steelers.  It’s just a natural thing for me to do.  But for the past three years, I have purposely avoided reading Philip Roth, instead forcing myself to […]