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Summer Reading

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Having gotten myself and my stuff by various paths back to Southern California (though I am at a loss to say we all arrived in one piece, as said stuff has y...

That, I Didn’t Expect

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Hi. You guys are moving me, and I’m trying to get some information about where my stuff is.

Peck, Peck, Peck

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A quick update to last week’s comment on Dale Peck’s cranky outburst occasioned by his review of Rick Moody’s The Black Veil. Bill has continued the discussi...

Return of the Depressed

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Okay, I’m not really depressed so much as crushed under the weight of the belongings I’ve got to get sorted out and into boxes in the next 24 hours. I’d hope...


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Should a reviewer of contemporary fiction actually be required to, say, like contemporary fiction?

Academic Obsolescence, Indeed

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Mail is taking a while to catch up with me these days, given that it’s got to go through the postal service, campus mail, my department, campus mail, and the...

Not Bloody Likely

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Um, hi. I’m trying to get an estimate on a small move.


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I spent a chunk of this past weekend hanging out in my apartment, not wanting to think about either the quantity of work I have to do in the next two weeks o...


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Well, I managed to conclude the conclusion in a temporarily satisfactory way, despite the deafening roar of absolute silence on your end. Okay, point taken. ...

Here’s a Question

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So, I’m nearing the conclusion of the conclusion of the book I’ve been working on for the last umpteen years. Which of course doesn’t mean I’m done — there’s...