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  • Guest Lecture -- Routes to My Roots, or How I Came to Write "The Trouble with Virginia"
    on Oct 10, 2015
    Lecture, Tuesday October 6, 2015, Africana Studies 324, "The Contemporary Black Woman," taught by Dr. Raquel Kennon.61 students in the class. They have just finished reading Passing by Nella Larsen, and then read the first two chapters of my man...
  • Richard Wright's Black Boy
    on Aug 13, 2011
    Richard Wright's Black Boy (American Hunger): A Casebook by Douglas TaylorMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI just finished (in two evenings) an earlier version of this book, which I picked up from the library. Interestingly, I just realized I probably got the...
  • The Help
    on Aug 13, 2011
    The Help by Kathryn StockettMy rating: 5 of 5 starsWe're off to see the movie version of The Help tonight. I'm rather curious to see it at this point, as I read the book and thought it was actually pretty good, though not as good as all the hullabalo...
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    on Jan 7, 2011
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  • Welcoming the New Year: Laughter
    on Jan 7, 2011
    It's always fitting to welcome the New Year on an upnote... if this video doesn't get you up, nothing will! Enjoy. Happy New Year, all!
  • New Year's Installation Number Two: Inspiration
    on Jan 7, 2011
  • 5 Reasons Why It’s Wrong to Edit the “N”-Word Out of Huckleberry Finn
    on Jan 7, 2011
    The job of an editor is not to change a writer’s style, message, or intent; his job is, traditionally, to work with the writer in making the work more clear, more effective, or more smooth stylistically—or perhaps to fit sp...
  • Hell, yes,
    on Dec 25, 2010
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  • The Orchard Keeper
    on Dec 22, 2010
    Wheee! I finally finished the book! Which means that I've only started, lol! Now I have a ton of questions... obviously I'll need to do several re-reads... Oh, and one last comment for the moment--preliminary thoughts... I think this is an incredible...
  • My Pick for Best Fiction 2010: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    on Dec 22, 2010
    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth StroutMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI love Olive! This book goes to my One-of-the-Best-Books-I've-Ever-Read list. Elizabeth Strout has done an excellent job of showing the complexity, frailty, and joy of being human. Olive is r...
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