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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

the corporate extraction: goodbye stock market, helloooo academia!

I’MDONEI’MDONEI’MDONEI’MDONEI’MDONEEEEEEEEE! Ten months of sitting in front of two glaring computer monitors, planting myself in a chair for eight stressful nonstop hours, ninety-minute dirty metro rides twice a day, shoveling lukewarm yogurt … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

already possessed: why, only 10 pages in, i can’t get enough of elif batuman

Possessed: what an astute name for the way we can become completely entranced by a book.  It happens quickly; it only takes a few pages, or paragraphs, for us to … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

who wants to move to portland with me?

Portland’s almost an alternative universe.  It’s like Gore won.  The Bush administration never happened. In Portland you can put a bird on something and just call it art. In Portland … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

i was told there’d be cake: essays by sloane crosley

Is Sloane Crosley “the female David Sedaris”?  Some critics have hailed her so, but for every person who thinks I Was Told There’d Be Cake is as funny, well-rendered, and … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

awkward and painful things i learned from my first half marathon

1. You may never spot your friend or significant other along the course–so don’t entrust them with the necessary nutrition and gear you’ll need.  The race website said there would be two viewing … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

if you like running (or just really inspiring, interesting books), read these.

More in-depth reviews of these books will be posted soon, but I just had to share my epic running reading list from the past month.  If you know of any … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

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