Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: 10 Things I Hate About You

About fifteen years ago, I discovered 10 Things I Hate About You when it hit the basic cable rotation of non-stop replays on USA. As any good stock preteen character would do, I watched it ad nauseam and became majorly obsessed with it. Read More Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: 10 Things I Hate About You

Adjunct Land: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

I tend not to respond to op-eds, columns, and blog posts about adjuncting. I’d never have time for anything else. But Charlotte Allen’s recent op-ed for the L.A. Times contains a worn argument that I can’t ignore anymore: “Don’t be an adjunct.”

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Lunchtime Poll: Bizarre School Stories?

IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! Parents are gleefully sending their children back to school and the New York City subways are crowded with school children with their giant backpacks of death and stomach-crushing. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Bizarre School Stories?

Lunch Time Poll: Back to School Reading

I cannot believe summer is almost over. It seems like it went by so fast. With summer winding down, it can mean only one thing: back to school time.  As a child I loved to read; well, I still love to read too. (Wow, that sounded like a Mitch Hedberg sentence.) By the time I was a freshman in high school, I was assigned summer reading to have ready by the first school day of the year. I actually loved summer reading. My parents would take me to a cabin about three weeks before school so I could read my three or four summer books in the course of a week and complete all my homework assignments. I think this is partially why I still love to read in spurts. I devour books sometimes in four or five hours. I have been known to pull the Harry Potter all-nighter. Read More Lunch Time Poll: Back to School Reading

Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

I love YA. Anyone who’s ever said hello to me, seen my bursting bookshelves or gone to a book signing where I’m the oldest one there without a tween in tow, knows that. Read More Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

Will Teach for Food

During and after graduate school, I did a lot of tutoring–in the university writing center and International Students English Center, and as an independent contractor–when I wasn’t teaching English composition to undergrads. For a while, and especially in the summer, my daily schedule was filled from 10 in the morning to sometime around midnight, with intermittent breaks for snacks and driving. I couldn’t keep up that pace today, since the toddler is a handful and I am super pregnant and my husband usually teaches night classes, but I do miss working one-on-one with students.   When my students couldn’t wait to show me their report card, or their teacher’s comments on an essay I helped them draft, or a poem they wrote on their own because I got them interested in poetry (I know!), I felt pride to the point of smugness. In the interest of full disclosure, I also have to tell you that several of my students made me special baked goods, and all of my students’ mothers made a point of serving me (variously) icy whole milk, scalding coffee, cold green tea, fresh berry smoothies, crumbly little muffins, fried-egg-and-jelly-sandwiches (?), and tons of Korean student/comfort snacks. And sent me home with leftovers. Read More Will Teach for Food