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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang
Sep 29, 2014 2:12 pm
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Every year, the Steinbeck Fellows program at San Jose State honors three emerging writers with a ten-thousand-dollar stipend... More
Dock Ellis "Dockumentary" Debuts This Week
Sep 4, 2014 2:09 pm
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Last month I wrote a piece about Dock Ellis, the former major-league pitcher... More
Three Centuries of Humor Anthologies
Aug 31, 2014 3:16 pm
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I'm teaching a class in American humor writing this semester, and the first decision I had to make was where to start, chronologically. Most observers believe that... More
It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction
Aug 28, 2014 2:44 pm
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In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important... More
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