Song du jour: Martin Reaves

My buddy Martin Reaves jammin’ just a little bit on his father’s old Gibson guitar — the guitar he learned to play on 40 years ago. Marty and I went to middle and high school together. During high school, veryone around campus started calling him “Marty Van Halen” after he and his band played their first party. He’s a man of many talents, including singing at one time for the northern California R&B cover band Foxtrot Mary, playing guitar, and writing scary, disturbing fiction. Enjoy. Continue reading Song du jour: Martin Reaves

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Course Observation: Philip Roth

Lisa Scottoline’s “English Class with Mr. Roth” (May 3, 2014 NYT) recalls the author’s experience as an undergraduate student attending two of Philip Roth’s literature courses at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s. Scottoline concludes her essay with this description of the aftereffects Roth’s teaching: Looking back, I’ve come to understand that he was the best professor I ever had, not only because of his genius, but also because of his distance. We were a group of girls eager to please, to guess at what he wanted us to say, and to say that for him. We all wanted … Continue reading Course Observation: Philip Roth

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