Finding Time to Write

Finding Time to Write

Writers write. Writers have to write. Writers can’t help but write. You’ve heard such statements. They’re true. They’re also potentially damaging. The implication behind them is that you’ll naturally find time to write, because as a writer, you write, you have to...
Thanatos and Eros

Thanatos and Eros

On September 17, I went to the presentation of Regina José Galindo, a Guatemalan performance artist. She specializes in body art. The event was sponsored by the Duke University Department of Art & History and Duke Latino/a Studies. The room was packed, with easily...
The Articulate Executive II

The Articulate Executive II

Note: See The Articulate Executive I  for the source of my title. In my years of teaching, I have always gone early to class to chat with students before the hour begins. I haven’t had difficulty getting conversation going until these past few years. Now when I walk...
The Articulate Executive I

The Articulate Executive I

If you are facing an upcoming public speech, I have a story to share with you. It involves a book by Granville Toogood entitled The Articulate Executive. Some years ago I was invited to be the lunch speaker at a meeting of the Duke University Library Board of...
Addictions

Addictions

Note: In a previous blog My Travels and Hollywood I write about going to the Monte Carlo Casino and being struck by how easy it was to think of James Bond movies and, from there, how I realized the extent to which international travel is currently informed by the...