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An Interview with Nancy Peacock

Novelist Nancy Peacock was kind enough to respond to e-mailed questions related to her memoir on work and the writing life, A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life. I'll post the first couple now and then the others in a future blog:

AK: Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America is one of the most famous contemporary works about how difficult it can be for women to survive in America. It’s nonfiction of course, but I’m wondering if you have any favorite, or even inspiring, books from the genre (fiction or nonfiction not only about struggling in the “greatest country on earth” but also struggling from a woman’s perspective)?
NP: I read Ehrenreich's book as about the working class, and not just about women's survival. But in answer to your question - sort of - one of my favorite books of all times is A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. Her story is about one woman's survival from homelessness to becoming a lawyer. It&#…

Videos, Voice, Excerpts, and Graphic Novel Interpretations for FFYLD

Book Reviews for Fight for Your Long Day

The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Considering Adjunct Misery" by William Pannapacker at The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 25, 2013)

Neworld Review
“The Scholar/Pauper Fights the Good Fight” by Joseph A. Domino at Neworld Review (January 2013)

Philadelphia Inquirer
“Should College Teaching Be a Full-Time Job?”by Joseph N. DiStefano for the Philadelphia Inquirer (January 30, 2011)

The Southeast Review
“Review: Fight For Your Long Day”by Charles Dodd White, The Southeast Review (January 7, 2011)

E. Patrick's Blog
"Book Review: Fight for Your Long Day" by Eric Gilliland at E. Patrick's Blog (April 17, 2014)

Caustic Cover Critic
“Rummaging Around in the Atticus” at Caustic Cover Critic (April 11, 2012)

When Falls The Coliseum
“Book to ponder: Fight for Your Long Day by Alex Kudera” by Michael Leone at When Falls the Coliseum (Jan. 8, 2012)

Small Press Reviews
“Fight for Your Long Day” by Marc Schuster at Small Press Reviews (June 10, 2011)

Inside Higher Ed
“An Adjunct’s…

Interviews (Answer and Ask)


American, British and Canadian Studies Journal
"An Interview with Alex Kudera, Author of Fight for Your Long Day"by Merritt Moseley (June, 2016)

Chronicle Vitae
"The Novelist Who Chronicles Life as an Adjunct"by William Pannapacker (January 8, 2014)

Word of Mouth (New Hampshire Public Radio)
"Fight for Your Long Day" by Rebecca Lavoie (April 4, 2013)

Foreward Reviews
“One of a Kind: A ForeWord Interview with Alex Kudera” Atticus Books Online (May-June 2011)

The Next Best Book Blog
"In Conversation: Lavinia Ludlow Interviews Alex Kudera"by Lavinia Ludlow (April 26, 2016)

This Podcast Will Change Your Life
"This Podcast Will Change Your Life is the Alex Kudera" by Ben Tanzer (August 17, 2016)

Psychology Today
“Darkly Funny Debut Novel Exposes Adjunct Abuse” by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., Creating in Flow (January 7, 2012)

Karen the Small Press Librarian
"Writer on Writer: Dave Newman Interviews Alex Kudera" by Dave Newman (September 8, 2…

which is it?

If I could only figure out if we're in austerity or growth, boom years or lean times. . .

. . . regardless, the birds are chirping outside at 7 a.m.

What are they saying?

"Hey, Teach, quit yapping and grade some more papers, why don't you?"

In a world where even the poor and on the go are no longer reaching past the dollar menu for the supersized fries, it's hard to believe business is as booming as the latest jobs figures suggest.

Did I mention that a gallon of milk is $3.97 at Wal-Mart in South Carolina?

A gallon of gas, we'll talk about another day.

american hunger

Is it possible we live in a broken country where children go hungry, and there is no political will to fight this or merely a state in which the two major "sides" have no ability, interest, or need to do so?

Of course, the DJIA has continued to improve upon its record close of yesterday, and in national newspapers we're joking about the "snowquester," so it's possible everything will be fine.

Or, near fine, at the very least. I suppose we should note that James Joyce's children also lived in poverty. Quite often, I think.

transnational food and beverage professional at your service

Some folks know how to live; or rather they learn how to escape and invent, and escape again and reinvent, and so on. Other folks know how to make a fantastic flyer for what looks to be a stimulating evening of Bolsheviks, "blacks," Memphis, Yale, jazz, booze, xenophobia, Moscow, Turkey, and more.

bargain or betrayal?

I couldn't help but notice that President Obama's new "signaling" that he is prepared to discuss cuts to the social safety net, and such programs as social security and medicaid, is exactly what Bill Black has been terming the administration's marketed Grand Bargain which in essence is a Great Betrayal for the vast majority of Americans.

Black, and many others, suggest that both parties are responsible, perhaps equally, for the Sequester and its impending "austerity" that will indeed hurt the less fortunate much more than the "haves." It's all very reminscent of President Clinton's "successful" reform, termed Welfare-to-Work, but I wouldn't want President Bush's No Child Left Behind to feel neglected here. I suppose it's just crazy fun that all these nifty new programs appear effective when the economy is on the rise or on the mend.

Alas, unlike Clinton's boom years and even Bush's housing bubble "go…