More Sketchy Thoughts on Slaughterhouse Five

A while back, I posted some thoughts on whether or not Billy Pilgrim is hallucinating when he's visited by aliens in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. I'm teaching the novel again this week, an my thoughts have turned to the issue of free will in the novel. The reason this came up is that a student…Read more More Sketchy Thoughts on Slaughterhouse Five

The Coolest Thing You Will Ever Do In Your Life

This week's episode of my podcast is titled "The Coolest Thing You Will Ever Do In Your Life." In it, I read a piece of fiction from a work in progress and interview longtime educator Monica D'Antonio about teaching and the state of higher education in America. More or less.

Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

HUGE thanks to all of my friends and family who came out to hear me read and play with Tim Simmons and Dave Calamaro at Old Haverford Friends Meeting House on Saturday night. And thanks, too, to OHFM for hosting us! One of the pieces I performed was from a work in progress. I call…Read more Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)