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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction
Aug 28, 2014 2:44 pm
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In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important... More
SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10
Aug 18, 2014 11:59 am
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One of the highlights of my job as director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State is the annual ... More
Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball
Aug 11, 2014 11:49 am
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Remember the pitcher Dock Ellis?

I have always read a lot of baseball books, and lately I've been reading even more, trying to learn all I can about the world... More
Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
Jul 22, 2014 11:43 am
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Lucky is the fiction writer whose stories take 300 pages to tell. For the last twenty years at least, the fiction market has been mainly a market for novels. Agents... More
Another Case for Reparations: Team Seven by Marcus Burke
Jul 15, 2014 8:23 pm
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In May The Atlantic published a cover story by the African-American critic Ta-Nehisi Coates called ... More
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