The Devil in the Details

One thing that teachers consistently tell student writers to do is to add details into their writing — details that paint a unique picture and effectively, sometimes even jarringly, communicate an author’s voice and perspective. Students rise to meet this challenge in varying degrees. But detail is, in the end, the fuel that propels words […]

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Sufjan, Salman & Me

I’m not the first and won’t be the last to say this: it’s different, and usually better, seeing an artist on stage than watching that same person on screen. This week, I was up close and personal with two virtuoso performers, Sufjan Stevens and Salman Rushdie, on back-to-back nights. Stevens took the stage shrouded in […]

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