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
I have this fantasy of being one of those writers that holes up in some decrepit old property, seemingly fading into obscurity until the inevitable day comes when I birth a masterpiece and release it into the world. A recluse. A hermit. Whatever term you want to call it. As long as it entails … Continue reading iPhone, Meet Drawer.
By now I'm sure everyone's heard of former Instamodel Essena O'Neill and her tirade against social media. The reason I say this is because all the major media outlets are cramming the story down our throats. It's not as if O'Neill's claim that "social media is not real" is news. I know social media … Continue reading Instamodel Meltdown: Essena O’Neill’s Social Media Tirade
Don’t get buzzed before the meeting has even started. I guess I had this image in my head of intellectuals sipping wine and discussing the classics. Perhaps my mistake was substituting wine with bourbon and vodka. Regardless, I was schnockered before we finished with the first critique, rendering any contributions from me that … Continue reading A Word of Advice: Alcohol and Writers Groups
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
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