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Month: February 2018

Punning Genius

Punning Genius

By Vince Granata “Hi Vince, all fine here. Are there many first person singular object pronouns, or is it just me…” My father puns with abandon. Whether via text message—like the above, sent last weekend—or in person, the frequency of his wordplay borders on self-parody, […]

Audiobooks vs. Traditional Books

Audiobooks vs. Traditional Books

By Nick Chhoeun When I went home to Connecticut a few weeks ago I met up with some friends. We were catching up about the usual things, like work and school, when the conversation turned to books. I shared my reread of Haruki Murakami’s A […]

The Untranslatable

The Untranslatable

By Vince Granata How often do we sprinkle untranslated words and phrases into English sentences? While there is no shortage of Latin phrases lingering in the lexicon—mea culpa, quid pro quo, a priori­—we’ve lifted a number of active languages into our speech as well. When […]

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

By Michael Conner Victor LaValle Skyped with Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction workshop last week to share thoughts on his novella, The Ballad of Black Tom. Ever since he was a kid, the likes of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Shirley Jackson filled LaValle’s reading library with tales […]

Unscripted: An Interview with Alumna Claire Handscombe

Unscripted: An Interview with Alumna Claire Handscombe

By Yohanca Delgado   You’ve got so many cool things going on that it’s hard to choose a starting point. Let’s talk about BritLit first, your new podcast highlighting British literature. What inspired you to create a podcast? I have been listening to podcasts for […]

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

By Vince Granata  Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of three travel memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (2017); as well as the best-selling guidebook […]

2018 Annual Faculty Benefit Reading at 826 DC

2018 Annual Faculty Benefit Reading at 826 DC

By Yohanca Delgado Last Wednesday, we gathered for a cherished AU MFA tradition: an annual faculty reading to benefit the magical 826 DC. Prospective students, current students, alumni, and faculty mingled over wine and cheese before the reading—and few of us could resist the gravitational […]