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As We May Read

I’m going to begin this little essay with the pitch: I’m working on a two-year research project that will examine how people read, extract what makes the experience pleasurable, and prototype how that experience can be re-created in a digital environment. There two reasons I’m doing this: I’ve returned to graduate school, both to update […]

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I Don’t Write Enough Anymore

In the month of October, I promise to change that. At least 3 mornings a week, I’m getting up to write.  And I’m taking a substantial part of the morning on Sunday to write. I’m quickly turning into one of those assholes who doesn’t write but likes to talk about being a writer. This is, […]

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A Thought On Hearts

I spent the day discussing art, creativity, storytelling, and life with my students. I am immersed within narratives right now, drinking in their spirits. It was during one of those slow moments that I had a conversation, one muddied with the human-ness of emotions and the personal strands that tether us with the ties that […]

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The Writing Process, by Chris Jones

When I teach the Introduction to Magazine Writing class, I make my students read many pieces from the National Magazine Awards. I switch the readings each semester, but one I keep is “The Things That Carried Him,” by Chris Jones. It’s a heart-breaking piece about everyone who comes in contact with an Indiana soldier as […]

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Plow on Boy

My writing career was less than six months old in 1995 and things were not going well. I’d botched an interview with Jim Carroll. I’d choked a brief encounter with Hunter S. Thompson. I quit my job at Cincinnati CityBeat, a local weekly where I was writing news. Instead, I wanted to write features. I […]

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Fear + Loathing

I find it difficult to concentrate these days. My mind is wandering back to days gone and forgotten now. The bad old days. When life was more interesting. Seat of the pants. The first writing professional writing assignment I ever had took me to Louisville for a poetry and writing festival put on by Ron […]

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Scenes from TedXCincy

A huge thanks to the photographers roaming the grounds during the TedXCincy event. You can check out the entire group here. Here are a few shots of my stalking the stage: My opening discussion about how story 3.0: Telling Stories The beginning of my discussion about the ideas of Vannevar Bush and JCR Licklider, which […]

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