Thank You, Dolly Parton

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Here’s how Dolly Parton promotes childhood literacy  in tens of thousands of Tennessee households (including my own) (Before we continue, let me share a few useful links with you. Here’s Dolly Parton doing “We’ll Get Ahead Someday” with Porter Wagoner in 1968, and here she is singing “Jolene” from 1974.) I’ve written before of Dolly Parton’s Imagination […]

Hemingway Drank Here

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Here’s how we ended up in Piggott, Arkansas. If you had asked me where Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms, my first guess would have been Paris.  Then Key West.  Then maybe Cuba, or Pamplona, or Oak Park.  The last place I ever would have guessed is Piggott, Arkansas, but it tuns out that that’s […]

February Reading

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Here’s What I Read in February 1. The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern Since I have been teaching at the Hebrew Academy, I’ve given myself a crash course in Judaic Studies.  However, I probably would have chosen to read The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern regardless of where I was teaching. Stern is a native […]

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 […]

June Reading

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Here’s what I read in June. I only read one complete book in June, but it was a substantial one–Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  This was the second time I’d read the book.  It was an assignment in my AP English class back in high school, and I made it until the last few pages of […]