Presenting at ETSU

  Today was the day for my long-awaited presentation to the national Graduate Liberal Arts Studies Conference (yes, that's me above), which was hosted this year by the MLA staff at East Tennessee State University. I always seem to want to talk about either books or writing, but one has to find an entryway into…

Honesty In Memoir

A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway image via thehemingwayproject.com   I hadn’t given this book a read in many years, and so after reading Hemingway’s Boat, I decided to take it on again. It’s funny, but it was as if I had never read it the first time. I think that as a writer and…

Romance and Relevance

I've been remiss in posting on movies the missus and I have seen this holiday season, so this will be the first of a cinematic hat trick. We've both liked Woody Allen movies for years, although it seems at times he's left his movie mojo in the garage. Still, we figured, there'd be moments in…

The Perils of Paris

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain   This is an important book – deeply researched and near-perfectly written. Were it not about a subject I know well – Ernest Hemingway, his early years in Paris with the likes of Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, Scot and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Ezra Pound, I wouldn’t have noticed…

I’ve Just Seen a Face #4

Who did yesterday's face belong to? Does the name John Dos Passos ring a bell? Dos Passos was one of the expatriate writers who came of age in Paris following WWI and who were known as the Lost Generation. The trilogy mentioned? USA – composed of The 42nd Parallel (1930),  1919 (1932), and The Big Money (1936).  Today's face belongs…