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Essential Reading: September 2016

It has been a while since I wrote for this blog. You see, I have been very busy ever since I returned to the Philippines for a playwriting workshop that I attended at the CCP. 758 more words


Phillip Lopate’s Handkerchief

By Kathy Stevenson

One of the great privileges and joys of going back to school for an MFA was the unexpected bonus of entering into an entirely new community of people whom I never would have met otherwise, men and women who love to do the same thing I love to do all day, which is to read and write. 825 more words

Writing Process

Maggie Nelson's Argonauts, Genre etc

I’m reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts. It makes me think of the instability of a literary work, that it is always being understood or subverted through and by other work one has read. 199 more words

David Shields

I Think You're Totally Wrong

I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel by David Shields and Caleb Powell

publication date: 2015
pages: 261
ISBN: 978-0-385-35194-2

I Think You’re Totally Wrong… 468 more words

Book Review

Human memory, driven by emotional self-interest, goes to extraordinary lengths to provide evidence to back up whatever understanding of the world we have our hearts set on–however removed that may be from reality.

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Bright Splinters: Notes from Reality Hunger

May 12, 2016: After my daughter gets home from her first year of college, she has to have sinus surgery. We arrive at our assigned time, 7 AM, but they make us wait for an hour. 1,811 more words

Life Confessions


In Nassim Taleb’s Black Swan, there is a passage about those scientists who are associated with the big ideas. These “brand names” of science share a certain characteristic for Taleb. 236 more words