Literature in Classrooms: NYU Professor Banned from Teaching, Junot Díaz Short Story Controversy

  An NYU professor has been banned from teaching at the Sarasota County school district in Florida, demonstrating that the era of book banning and censored classrooms is still alive and well in American secondary schools today. This permission slip mentality regarding literature presents a great disservice to students, many of whom find themselves starting … Continue reading Literature in Classrooms: NYU Professor Banned from Teaching, Junot Díaz Short Story Controversy

MTV’s “Awkward” Strikes Out

  I just missed the boat when it comes to the music era of what I refer to as “Maternity Television,” or MTV for short. I vaguely recall exposure to it for a brief moment in my youth, images of Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady music video flashing across a modest 32” screen attached to a … Continue reading MTV’s “Awkward” Strikes Out

Shunning Technology: The Worst Mistake a Writer Can Make

  I am all for being a purist. When it comes to flipping the pages of an actual, physical book versus swiping a Kindle screen, there is no comparison. Unfortunately, a combination of OCD and too much clutter in my life has resulted in me getting a Kindle myself. I hate e-books. But until I … Continue reading Shunning Technology: The Worst Mistake a Writer Can Make

Why I’m Glad I Went to College

  Writing took on a whole new meaning for me from the moment I stepped foot in Professor Rice’s classroom for Introduction to Fiction Writing. It was my first creative writing class. I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down in the front row of desks, choosing the seat next to the air … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Went to College