The draft done!

It’s been a busy summer and fall, blog friends! I’m more than halfway through my second fall semester at the College of Wooster and I’ve just finished a draft of Killingly, also known here as “the Mt. Holyoke novel.” It clocked in at more than 151,000 words, which officially makes it a Big Book. (Alcestis…

A few worthy reads

First, read this interview with Ana Menendez at The Rumpus. Ana taught the first workshop I took in graduate school, which guided the revisions of the first three chapters of Alcestis. Her new book sounds delightfully odd. Then read Kari Kraus’s op-ed in the Times about digital preservation and archives, which opens by discussing Bruce…

The waves

See accompanying image for an illustration of what the oncoming semester feels like. I’m just about done prepping a new class — an intro English lit class, “Women’s Popular Genres” — and I’ve finished my wonderful two-year internship at the Harry Ransom Center, where I worked in the Public Services department.┬á I’m finishing up my…

une chatte commer├žante

After an exciting discovery — namely, that my five-year-old PowerBook Titanium was giving me a small but constant electric shock — I’ve left the Mac world for Linux, at least for now. I’m typing this on my new Ubuntu-running desktop, which T. built for me last week. It took me a few days to get…

Noteworthy things I saw at work this week

This will probably be a recurring feature, because… yes. The scuzzy salmon-pink Chucks Robert De Niro wore in Great Expectations. Knopf rejection sheets for works by Joyce Carol Oates, V.S. Naipaul, Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie. David Mamet’s (extremely detailed) baby book, complete with report cards from pre-school–apparently he handled scissors very safely. Houdini’s collection of…

Yes, please

So, a little while ago, I said that I wanted to go paw through the Knopf rejection letters. I went into work the next day and my boss asked me (and another intern) to — you guessed it — paw through the Knopf rejection letters. We’re putting together a mini-exhibit to highlight the NY Times…

Temptation

Not long before I began my new HRC job, I discovered (thanks to my father’s internet sleuthing) that the HRC held a query letter from my grandmother to the Alfred A. Knopf publishing company. She wrote to them in the mid-1950s to ask if they’d want to publish a novel based on her life —…

The fallow blog

I had good intentions this summer, I swear. I was going write regularly here and talk in some depth about the memoir project, maybe about my academic work. Instead I wrote three-plus chapters of the memoir and rewrote one conference paper into an article-length piece; I thought about my dissertation project; I read seven hundred…

Things I quite like

A brief list. The CHOP chemo regimen, which has put my father’s cancer in remission, at least temporarily. Paprika — T. and I saw it twice when we were in Portland. Strawberry freezer jam with chevre on a toasted English muffin. GoodReads: still addictive. Pigma Micron pens by Sakura, to which T. introduced me last…