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Grace in territory held largely by the devil

This week at Salon.com, Allen Barra has published a review of a new biography of Flannery O’Connor.  My first encounter with O’Connor was as a freshman English major in college, when I read “A Good Man is Hard to Find” … Continue reading

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Memoir, Murder, and Epiphany

Three summers ago, I was Elizabeth Benedict’s student at the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.  At her evening reading that year, she chose  a then unpublished personal essay about the murder of her … Continue reading

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We’ll Always Have Saratoga

Every July for the past three years I have spent two weeks at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, attending the New York State Summer Writers Institute. For me, it’s two weeks spent as far away from my normal life … Continue reading

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