Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Which is good, because it's hard to convince people (least of all myself) that I am a competent and sane human being when the giant bag under my eye is disco-dancing all around.
In case you didn't get to see it, I assure you that this twitch was no ordinary "hey everyone I can feel my eye twitch but you can't see it" situation. This was a full-blown "ohmygod is she going to pull out a gun" kind of twitch. People--people who claimed to love me--would get distracted in the middle of our conversations to stare at the thing. Which was helpful in relaxation, I assure you.
Causes for the demise of The Twitch
Presents Finished and Distributed
Sleep Averaging Seven Hours
Family Met and Made Merry
Solstice Party Success
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Book List of Graduate School Reading Experience, for aforementioned thesis:
Agard, Nadema. “Art as a Vehicle for Empowerment” in Voices of Color: Art and Society in the
Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of
Allison, Dorothy. Trash: Stories.
Allison, Dorothy. Skin: Talking About Sex, Class, and Literature.
Arizona Department of Education. “Causes of Homelessness: Substance Abuse.” Educating Homeless Children. March 31, 2007. <>
Auster, Paul. The
Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room.
Baldwin, James. Going to Meet the
Balfour, Michael, ed. Theatre in Prison: Theory and Practice.
Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz.
Brockmeier, Kevin. The Truth About Celia.
Brown, Rosellen. Before and After.
Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse.
Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Novel.
Chabon, Michael. The Best American Short Stories, 2005.
Chabon, Michael. Chen, M. Keith & Jesse M. Shapiro. "Does Prison Harden Inmates? A Discontinuity-based Approach," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1450, Cowles Foundation,
Chute, Carolyn. The Beans of
Chute, Carolyn. Letourneau’s Used Auto Parts.
Chute, Carolyn. Merry Men.
Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories.
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace.
Crais, Robert. Demolition Angel.
Crane, Elizabeth. All This Heavenly Glory.
Crane, Elizabeth. When the Messenger is Hot.
Day, Cathy. The Circus in Winter.
Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine: A Novel.
“The Facts Behind the Faces.” A Fact Sheet from the
Faulkner, William. Go Down, Moses.
Feinberg, Leslie. Stone Butch Blues: A Novel.
Flynn, Nick. Another Bullshit Night in
Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Gaiman, Neil. Coraline.
Gaiman, Neil. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions.
Gibbons, Kaye. Ellen Foster.
Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel.
Goodman, Allegra. The Family Markowitz.
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Harris, Thomas. Silence of the Lambs.
How Many People Experience Homelessness: NCH Fact Sheet #2. June 2006. National Coalition for the Homeless. April 2, 2007. http://www.nationalhomeless.org/ publications/facts/How_Many.pdf
Johnson, Denis. Jesus’ Son: Stories.
Johnson, James Weldon. Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.
Joseph, Cliff. “Reflections on the Inescapable Political Dimensions of Art and Life” in Voices of Color: Art and Society in the
Kelly, James Patrick. Burn.
Kelly, James Patrick and John Kessel, eds. Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology.
Key Data Concerning Homeless Persons in
King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
Kornfeld, Phyllis. Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in
Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies.
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake.
LeGuin, Ursula. The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination.
Lemos, Gerard. “More Than a Place to Stay.” Community Care 6/29/2006 Issue 1629. p 34-35.
Lethem, Jonathan. The Fortress of Solitude.
Lewisjohn, James, ed. At the Ninth Hour: A Book of Prison Poems.
Lewisjohn, James, ed. Out of the Depths… A Book of Prison Poems.
Lewisjohn, James and William Hollifield, eds. On the Seventh Day: A Book of Prison Poems and Graphics.
Link, Kelly. Magic For Beginners.
Lodge, David. The Art of Fiction.
Matalene, Carolyn. “Experience as Evidence: Teaching Students to Write Honestly and Knowledgeably about Public Issues” in The Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook. (Fourth Edition). Corbett, Edward P. J. et al, eds. NY:
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics.
Miller, D. Quentin, ed. Prose and Cons: Essays on Prison Literature in the
Minot, Susan. Monkeys.
Moore, Lorrie. Birds of
Moore, Lorrie. Self-Help: Stories.
Mosher, Howard Frank. A Stranger in the Kingdom.
Mulvey-Roberts, Marie. Writing for Their Lives: Death Row
Murakami, Haruki. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty-four Stories.
Naylor, Gloria. The Women of
Neal, Brandi. “The Long Road Home: Billy Woolverton Finds His Way Back—to a Long Lost Family.” in The Blue Room v2 i8 Feb/Mar 2007. p. 10-15.
O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried.
O’Connor, Flannery. Everything That Rises Must Converge.
Olsen, Tillie. Tell Me a Riddle.
Ozeki, Ruth. My Year of Meats.
Ozick, Cynthia. The Shawl.
Pelletier, Cathie. The Funeral Makers.
Pelletier, Cathie. Once Upon a Time on the Banks.
Pelletier, Cathie. The Weight of Winter.
Pettit, Becky and Bruce Western. “Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course: Race and Class Inequality in US Incarceration.” American Sociological Review, 2004. accessed at http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/Mass_Imprisonment_and_the_Life_Course__Race_and_Class_Ineq.pdf on March 8, 2007.
Reagan, Michael and Donald M. Stoughton. School Behind Bars: A Descriptive Overview of Correctional Education in the American Prison System.
Robson, Ruthann. Cecile: Stories.
Roskelly, Hephzibah. “The Risky Business of Group Work.” in The Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook. (Fourth Edition). Corbett, Edward P. J. et al, eds. NY:
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Russo, Richard. Empire Falls.
Russo, Richard. Nobody’s Fool.
Russo, Richard. The Whore’s Child and Other Stories.
Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks.
Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony.
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men.
Tartt, Donna. The Secret History.
Wagner, David. Checkerboard Square: Culture and Resistance in a Homeless Community.
Wallace, David Foster. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments.
Welty, Eudora. The Golden Apples.
Welty, Eudora. Stories, essays & memoir.
White, Michael C. The Blind Side of the Heart.
Words from the Curbs: Writing from
Words from the Curbs: Writing from
Monday, December 10, 2007
I don't talk about it too much, because it's not often appropriate to work "so, hey, I'm experiencing depression" into a casual conversation. I'm trying to lean into the feeling, as a friend recently suggested, acknowledge the reality of what's happening and honor it. But it's a scary thing to lean into, friends, and I'm resisting that advice. Almost as scary as writing about it here and knowing that you will be reading it.
It also has to do with my connotations of this time of year. It's just death. Everyone I know who has died has done it in the late fall/early winter season, and with the dying garden, the browning world, the coldness--it all speaks to me of the temporary nature of our time here, of the sadness of things passing on. Today, for example, is the second anniversary of my friend Meg's death. S and I marked the day appropriately, I think: I lit some candles and then we danced and made brownies, because Meg loved fun intensely.
There are some good things happening this winter (my birthday, holiday gatherings, graduation) and I'm looking forward to welcoming back the sun on the solstice, but for now I'm just feeling... mortal.
And leaning... leaning...
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Sleepless Scandal! Long Dark Days Having Reverse Effect, Writer Claims
Not Taking This Squash-For-Dinner Abuse Any Longer, Daughter Declares
Denial December: Thesis Deadline "Not Really Happening"
Gay-for-Pay Expose: More Work Than Wages in Nonprofit World
Jen's Medical Nightmare, Not-Quite-Flu-Feeling Lingers
Ice Lady Change of Heart, Kitten Planned for Daughter's Christmas Miracle
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