Do mimics lack a sense of self? John Cleese on Peter Sellers

I just happened to be listening to Fresh Air on NPR the other day, and heard part of her interview with John Cleese. He made an interesting comment about the difference between mimicry–which he described as clever, but lacking in power–and what is actually “funny.” He told an anecdote about meeting up with Peter Sellers […]

A parliament of owls. Did you know that that's what a group of owls is called?

Yeah, I’m a maker. Wanna make something of it?

Did you know a gathering of owls is called a parliament? Well, it turns out I made a parliament of owls this year, for Christmas. I haven’t posted in a while, but this is not because nothing is happening. I’ve actually been very, very busy. And I’ve discovered that when I’m very, very busy, the […]


Another exotic research trip; or, how Pinterest can be good for scholarship

Earlier this week, I was talking to one of my colleagues who just came back from being on sabbatical, and he said that the most annoying thing about being on sabbatical was being asked, “So where are you traveling?” Don’t I know the feeling! Since my sabbatical began this past summer, I have made one […]


From the hive mind

Links to some really interesting poetry-related stuff circulating on the web this week: “The Writing Class” by Jaswinder Bolina, a long but provocative essay on the relationship between poetry and privilege, and a peek into the darkness that lies behind the curtain of the AWP (Association of Writers and Writers’ Programs, the MLA of creative […]