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egg man

I thought I'd recycle some old content in case my current students make the mistake of showing up at the Less United States of Kudera. We are, after all, on the eve of teaching Chris Offutt (but I haven't yet decided what to teach the retired "egg man"). I have a feeling if this is my sample, I'd never make it as a Spark Notes writer although I like to believe I'd improve given time and pay. These paragraphs were originally written in haste for an online version of my contemporary literature class during the summer of expectation (Yiyi was born near the end of the second semester). And, well, here they are:

Chris Offutt’sThe Same River Twice, like Paul Auster’s “Portrait of an Invisible Man,” is a memoir with a compelling narrative structure. In this case, unlike Auster’s fragmented approach, where paragraphs and even sentences stand alone as their separate scenes or sections—at times, almost like epiphanies or aphorisms—Offutt has two main narrative stran…

2012 Reading Schedule

Here's an informal 2012 reading and signing schedule for the neverending Fight for Your Long Day tour (follow this link for 2011):

January 6, Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Moonstone Arts Center, (with Abeer Hoque and Don Riggs) 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

March 13, Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Spill the Beans Ice Cream Parlor, 102 N Clemson Ave, Clemson, SC

March 17, Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Novel Places (with Eric D. Goodman) 23341 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, Maryland
March 21, Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. Moonstone Arts Center, (with Kim Gek Lin Short, Eric D. Goodman, Lynn Levin, and The Rag) 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

March 22, Thursday, 12 to 2 p.m. Farley's Bookshop, 44 South Main Street, New Hope, PA  18938

March 24, Saturday, 1 p.m. The Ivy Bookshop (with Eric D. Goodman) 6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209

April 12, Thursday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. SEGS Faculty Readings @ McKissick Theatre, Clemson Literary Festival, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Kim Gek Lin Short, Eric D. Goodman, The Rag and more

An Evening of Literature with Alex Kudera: Starring Kim Gek Lin Short, Featuring Eric D. Goodman, and Introducing The Rag.
Please join us at Moonstone Arts Center on Wednesday evening March 21 at 7 p.m. for readings of original fiction and poetry from the Mid-Atlantic Region. Wine and snacks will be served, and signed copies of recent titles will be available from various authors.

Kim Gek Lin Short was born in Singapore and spent her childhood in places like Manila, Jakarta, and Calgary. She moved to the States during the wonderful terrible 80s and lived in Denver, San Francisco, and Brooklyn before settling in Philly where she co-curates the reading series General Idea, and is an editor at Coconut. Kim’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous publications such as Absent, Caketrain, and No Tell Motel, and in anthologies like Narrative (Dis)Continuties: Prose Experiments by Younger American Writers. Her books include The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibi…

Nathan Holic

I first learned of Nathan Holic as Lavinia Ludlow's partner in alt.punk, so this guy must be versatile. He can write fiction, edit and coach others, and draw shockingly handsome and svelte adjunct instructors with one arm tied behind his back and two fingers stuck in his mouth. But I suspect the fingers belong to his little bundle of sunshine, all he has to keep him going in this cold, relentless, backbreaking world!

Okay. Enough is enough. Here's Nathan's artistic rendering of some of the first chapter of Fight for Your Long Day. The plan is for new drawings to appear once a month at Dan Cafaro's other joint, Atticus Review.

Fight for Your Long Day, Nathan!