Interview with Linda Przybyszewski, Author of “The Lost Art of Dress”

Are American women slobs? That is the question at the heart of the new book The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski. She takes fashion and style very seriously and thinks we should do, too. I wanted to know if elegance matters much anymore compared to the era Przybyszewski chronicles. I asked her for an interview. She graciously agreed and this is the result. Continue reading

Double Barrel E-reading

Episode 5: Reading in the Digital Shallows

In today’s podcast, Jason and Kevin wade through the digital shallows and talk about the science of reading. What does it mean to be bi-literate? Is skimming a “worse” type of reading than deep, “serious” reading?

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Digital Reading

Episode 4: Smartphone Lit and Writing on Phones

In today’s show, Kevin and Jason talk about writing on smartphones. Did you know a lot of students are writing more than tweets and texts on their phones? Is there anything wrong with writing everything on a smartphone?

We want to use our smartphones for good, so join us as we uncover how students use their phones for good.

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"How Literature Saved My Life" by David Shields

Five Amazing Quotes From “How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields

“How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields is a close look at what makes reading and writing a necessity in the 21st century.

Say what you will about David Shields: he’s made a name of himself as a critic of contemporary fiction and isn’t afraid to state what he thinks of the future of reading (read Reality Hunger for an example).

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Amtrak train

Episode 3: Can You Write This on a Train?

Today, Jason Braun and I talk about writing on trains. The Amtrak Residency is a selective writers’ residency that offers a free, round-trip ticket on an Amtrak train. But is this program worthwhile? We debate the pros and cons of the writer residency 2.0.

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Steal Like an Artist

The Unknowns of Writing

How much of our creative process comes from our most vulnerable moments?

Inspired by Len Edgerly’s recent posts about his creative process and his urging in recent posts to check out Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work, I’ve been thinking about my own creative process.

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Interview with Whitney Strub, Author of “Obscenity Rules”

The first two words of the title caught my eye: Obscenity Rules. Did they suggest a roar of triumph, an occasion for fist-pumping and saying, “Yeah! Obscenity rules!” Or did they indicate that the book is a dispassionate guide to the legal landscape of free expression in the 21st  century? And who was this “Roth” person? I wrote to the author of the new book, Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (Buy at Amazon or UP of Kansas), Whitney Strub, to ask him for an interview. He graciously agreed, and this is the result.

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Critical Margins Podcast, Episode 1: Spies in the Workshop

Did you know the CIA helped fund the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in the 1960s to combat the Soviets?

This is all according to an article by Eric Bennett in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “How Iowa Flattened Literature.”

Bennett also argues that this push to use writing to push a cultural agenda led to the flattening of literature.

Luckily, Jason and I have strong opinions on this topic, so check out the podcast: