Sunday Ramble: Travels, Art and Jane Austen Challenge

C.J. and I visited Los Angeles this past week to see the James Kerry Marshall retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the same show we saw last summer in Chicago.  We’ve become big fans of Mr. Marshall’s work. It was a mad-cap three-day trip–drive down, day in L.A. and drive home–but we managed to…

L.A. Literary Match-Up: Skylight Books vs. The Last Bookstore.

I was in Los Angeles last week for the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs)  convention last week which was a lot of fun.  I attended three days worth of panels on writing and publishing, got more useful material for my classroom than I expected, and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of quality…