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Monthly Archives: August 2008

First day of school

Not for the kids (they’ve been at it, on and off, all summer)–for me. I’m back to teaching at William & Mary this fall. Only one class (that’s about all I can manage and still parent/write/sleep), and today’s the first class meeting. I’m teaching the introductory creative writing seminar, which I’ve done four or five […]

The Edwards affair

Just a quick note: you can read a few of my thoughts on the Edwards Affair here. More soon.

Books from Princeton and Spain

Yesterday, two boxes of new books arrived in the same mail delivery. The smaller package was my hot-off-the-press copy of The Art of the Public Grovel, which is now shipping from the Princeton University Press warehouse to booksellers (so it will be a little longer before it actually can be BOUGHT). I guess it’s wrong […]

And now back to real life.

My fortieth birthday was delightful. I had breakfast in bed and presents and a lovely birthday dinner at home on Friday, and another dinner at the Blue Talon on Saturday. It was a wonderful celebration. So we got home and went to bed. At 2 AM on Sunday, Emily started throwing up. At 4 AM, […]

(Clearing throat, finding pitch…)

Ahem. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE. Yep, I’m forty today. And although people have been making cracks about aging all week, I’m pretty happy about it. The thirties were fine, but I feel like I’m just getting my feet under me and starting to […]