Over Christmas break, I enjoyed reading this insightful book of essays. I especially enjoyed one about my home state, “Pure Michigan.”

Interior States


I’m looking forward to teaching this book in January!

Stone Heart

Poems for the Semester

Today, I wrapped up the poetry unit with my Literature and the Liberal Arts class. I asked students to name a poem or two they found surprising or memorable. This semester, that poem for me was Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus,” particularly the ending stanza:

Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air


So far this summer, I’ve read Middlemarch, which I last read nine years ago. I found it enriching to experience this story again, which one of my friends has called “the ultimate story about being an adult.” Here’s a wonderful line from Dorothea Brooke:

“I believe that people are almost always better than their neighbours think they are” (698).


Mrs. Dalloway

I loved reading Mrs. Dalloway with my English novel class this week.

Mrs Dalloway

“[A]nd no one in the whole world would know how she had loved it all; how every instant…” (122)

“[H]ad he plunged holding his treasure?” (184)