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The TODAY Show starts a Book Club and I miss Oprah!

August 23rd, 2013 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, New York City | 15 Comments

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Samantha Shannon

I don’t know about you, but I was initially mildly interested that the Today Show is instigating a monthly book club.  I remember the good ol’ days of Oprah’s book club.  Month by month it was exciting to see which book she’d choose next.  Almost invariably, they were worthy candidates: classics like Light in August or The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; challenging books like The Road or Night, well-known books like Love in the Time of Cholera, books by popular authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Anita Shreve, Alice Hoffman, Toni Morrison, and sometimes even … Read More

Students and Teachers in New York City

October 26th, 2011 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, New York City | 3 Comments

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I’ve just returned from a wonderful, packed week in New York.  There were many highlights, and a running theme, now that I think of it, of students and teachers. 

I went with a former student of mine, Susan, who had been in a graduate fiction writing class I taught at the U. of Minnesota in 1974.  We’ve been fast friends ever since, and now she teaches English at a community college here in town.  We stayed at the apartment of a former teacher of mine: Dale Davis, who was my high school English teacher and Read More