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For nearly ten years John Griswold has been publishing his essays in Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Brevity, Ninth Letter, and Adjunct Advocate, many under the pen name Oronte Churm. Churm’s topics have ranged widely, exploring themes such as the writing life and the utility of creative-writing classes, race issues in a university town, and the beautiful, ...more
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Published March 15th 2014 by University of Georgia Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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This is an incredibly humanistic and moving collection of essays. It explores so many topics with both a mix of joy and melancholy. John Griswold’s compassion, his astute sense of observation, his keen ability to see the depths, shines through in every essay. I loved his observations on teaching, his interaction with students, as well as his relationship with his son. There are so many good insights and I’ll just share one of my favorite quotes/descriptions describing Gertrude Stein’s thought pr ...more
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