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Book giveaway: for clergy and clergy-in-training (deadline April 3)

I’d like to send a copy of Unfinished City to someone who serves as a religious leader, or who is preparing to become one, in any tradition that takes the Torah as a significant text (i.e., any flavor of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, … Continue reading

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Not-an-announcement announcement

Just putting this here for now: my second book of poems is going to come out in 2017.  Looking forward to making a real announcement soon.

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Book recommendations

One of the pleasures of winter break was a lunch out at Aroma Café with two well-read and well-reading friends.  Friend #1 was spending break immersed in a Dickens novel (I can’t remember which one except that I know I … Continue reading

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First book of 2016

Reading Ruthellen Josselson’s Playing Pygmalion: How People Create One Another: People’s sense of reality is constructed in interconnection with those who make up their social world.  There is not an “out there” world to be perceived accurately or inaccurately. Instead, we … Continue reading

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Just about six weeks shy of a year since I posted last.  Yes, I read Volume 4 of My Struggle this summer.  Along with a lot of other books. In Volume 4, he’s a callow young man, just eighteen and graduated from … Continue reading

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So it really was a broken air conditioner, or rather a blown fuse in the air conditioner.  It’s fixed now.  We survived. We spent one night at my mother’s because our house, after being closed up all day while we were … Continue reading

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Reading: “Wrath and Patience”

“Wrath and Patience” is the title of tonight’s USC Master of Professional Writing Program reading at The Last Bookstore at 7:30 PM. I’m reading with MPW students Susannah Luthi, Sarah Dzida, Susan Kacvinsky, Josh Feldman, and Russell Nakamura. The Last Bookstore is at … Continue reading

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Pictures from an Institution

Observation made confidently from page 71:  Randall Jarrell’s one novel for adults, Pictures from an Institution, delivers a particular kind of pleasure and only that kind.  It doesn’t have much of a plot; its characters aren’t really characters; its pleasure stems … Continue reading

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