These days, I don’t talk much about my first book. Â I wrote it when I was 7 years old, in collaboration with Dr. Seuss and Roy McKie. Â As you can see, I improved upon their artwork with the aid of stickers from the United Fruit Company (of whose bananas I was then an avid consumer)
People once kept commonplace books –Â personal, portable anthologies of favorite quotations.Â Today, the “Favorite Quotations” section on Facebook offers a brief, public version of the commonplace book.Â This practice has, I think, mostly faded.Â At any rate, here are ten quotations that would be in my commonplace book. But, luckily, he kept his wits and
Dr. Seuss‘sÂ Green Eggs and Ham is one of the reasons I do this blog, write books, and am an English professor. Â Nearly forty years ago,Â Green Eggs and Ham — which turns 50 this month — taught me to read. Â It also taught me that reading is fun, helping to make me a life-long reader. The
Different kinds of scholars, different kinds of scholarship. But many paths to success in academia.
A for horses? B for mutton? C for yourself — it’s the Cockney Alphabet!
How a failed book proposal launched a career. Mine. Viva failure!