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notes from a creative writing PhD candidate

medicine, madness, ironmans, & travel: 4 nonfiction reading recommendations

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan (2013) I flew through this one–a random, impulse purchase from the helter-skelter book section in a local Wal-Mart–in two days. … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

book review: ultrarunner scott jurek’s eat & run

“I belong to a small, eclectic community of men and women where status is calibrated precisely as a function of one’s ability to endure.” Recently I finished reading Eat & … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

on running, on literature, on noticing

This blog began with a focus on literature.  Lately it’s turned to another, newer passion of mine: long distance running. I spent some time this week thinking–while plodding along on my new favorite … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

on eating animals: chef anthony bourdain, novelist jonathan safran foer, and ultrarunner scott jurek

In college I had a crush on a long-haired, Birkenstock-wearing guy who let everyone who would listen know he was a proud vegan.  This man was attractive to me for many reasons, but … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

the 2015 north face endurance challenge (D.C.): race review

Months ago I signed up for The North Face Endurance Challenge series in Washington, D.C.  TNFEC is held all over North America, with races in New York, Utah, Wisconsin, California … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

ultrarunner anton krupicka – in the high country

“In the High Country is an impressionistic mountain running film: a visual essay about a life in the mountains. It looks at running from a new perspective, both visually and … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

except in memory

“A journey is a gesture inscribed in space, it vanishes even as it’s made. You go from one place to another place, and on to somewhere else again, and already … Continue reading

September 10, 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

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

getting sick in the slovak republic — strange adventures in healthcare abroad

In 2009 I traveled to Zilina, Slovakia for a year-long Fulbright Fellowship.  Two months into my teaching assistantship I became extremely ill.  What follows is my (slightly humorous, very odd) account … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

review: the 2014 virginia wine country half marathon

I couldn’t have picked a better first half marathon.  The weather was ideal: sunny and clear, 65 degrees at 7:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky.  Fields, wildflowers, horses, … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

ernesto “che” guevara – excerpts on education & healthcare from “the motorcycle diaries”

“In the way I traveled, first as a student and afterward as a doctor, I began to come into close contact with poverty, with hunger, with disease, with the inability … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

love & death in the balkans: brkic’s “the stone fields”

“What is a moment of death compared to a lifetime of it?” Book Review: Courtney Angela Brkic’s The Stone Fields, 2005 The Stone Fields alternates between a chronological historical recounting of Brkic’s father’s family … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

a summer reading list

A book a week: that’s my summer reading goal.  A fast reader by nature, I can usually manage a few hundred pages a week; I read two hours a day on the … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

didion, mccullers, che & more: on travel & memory

“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” –Carson McCullers ————— “His father guessed what he was thinking, and spoke of what it had meant to them … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

falling in love with the DF: the mexico city reader

“Earth and water: it is a city that harbors nature, rather than excludes it… [we] treat the city not only as a setting or a moral environment but as a main … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

jack kerouac’s “fifteen strange seconds”

“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was–I … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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