Archive for December, 2010

Blog # 10: Rich Morality # 3

TweetBlog # 10: Rich Morality #3 [This posting, the third in a four-part posting about Adrienne Rich and morality, describes how I responded to Adrienne Rich’s rejection of my permission request.] I had not anticipated refusal, and it took me more than a day to get over the shock. My immediate response was to acquiesce, [...]

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Musing # 7: Wahda, wahda; slowly, slowly–stories for Christmas

TweetMusing # 7: Wahda, wahda; slowly, slowly Two readers of this blog want me to hurry up and publish the next installment of the Rich blogs. Patience. I am moving forward relatively fast. Dickens, after all, published A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations in weekly serial form, and many of his books, books [...]

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Musing #6: More Magic of Lists–Michael Longley’s “The Ice-cream Man”

TweetMusing #6: More Magic of Lists When I posted Musing #4 and Blog # 6, I thought I was done with the magic of lists. Obviously, I was wrong. Reading Michael Longley last night, I came across a list poem which rivals Ophelia’s mad scene for the way in which it fuses sweetness and sorrow. [...]

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Blog #9: Rich Morality #2

TweetBlog # 9: Rich Morality #2 [This posting–the second of a four-part posting about moral issues—consists of a brief biography of Adrienne Rich, and the introductions from Fathers: A Literary Anthology to her essay “Split at the Root” and her poem “After Dark.”] Adrienne Rich: Thumbnail Biography “Philoctetes in woman’s form,” Baltimore born in 1929, [...]

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Musing # 5: Samuel Pepys and WikiLeaks

TweetSince January 1st, 2003, Phil Gyford (actor, website designer and “Alpha Geek”) has been posting an entry a day of Samuel Pepys’ 19th century diary. The site is viewable at http://www.pepysdiary.com. Today’s entry, which follows below, provides an insider’s perspective on the current WikiLeaks saga. Samuel Pepys still has much to teach us. Pepys and [...]

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Blog #8: Rich Morality #1

Tweet[This is the first of a four-part posting about Adrienne Rich and morality.] A Professor Roger Porter emails me from Reed College, Oregon. He writes to tell me that in April, 2011, Cornell University Press will be publishing his book, Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers. It discusses memoirs and autobiographies [...]

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