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Rebecca Brown’s ‘The Gifts of the Body’

Since I’m not writing as much as I want to (and whose fault is that?), I read. And read. I can’t commit to one book, instead dipping into five or six books at once.

Eileen Tabios used to pose this great question to the Flips listserve: “What are you reading?” It was fascinating to hear about others’ bedside table and what they loved about them.

Here’s what’s currently beside my bed:brown.jpg

Rebecca Brown, The Gifts of the Body. Linked stories with a central narrator whose work is a home health care worker. Tender and fierce at the same time. Just incredible writing.

William T. Vollman, Rising Up and Rising Down, Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom, and Urgent Means. I’m impressed how Vollman makes nonfiction readable; not a memoir, but a personal essay that balances polemic and Montaigne’s personal.

Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude. I love this story of Dylan Edbus (the name is telling), and its evocation of childhood in Brooklyn.

And also: Lydia Davis’ Varieties of Disturbance, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family, and Haruki Murakami’s After Dark (one of my faves of the past few months).

I wish we could survive on books instead of food.

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Grammar Grater

Still working on the FWS blog, which I’ll use in teaching comp to my first-year students this fall. I found these fantastic, short 2-3 minute podcasts from Minnesota Public Radio called Grammar Grater. If you’re a writing teacher, you’ll love them.

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August and I’m feeling fine

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. I’m getting ready for classes, and working hard on getting my class blogs up. Here’s a working draft of the blog for my First Year Writing Seminar at Boston College, if you’re interested.

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
August 2007


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