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An Adjunct’s Odyssey

By October 1, 2013 38 comments Permalink

As an adjunct instructor in higher education, September’s editorial about the death in destitution of Margaret Mary Vojtko, after 25 years of service at Duquesne University, is particularly heart-breaking and alarming. I imagine her story being similar to many others, including my own. After a decade in the corporate world, I decided that a shift…

Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)

By August 16, 2013 27 comments Permalink

Charles Barkley declared in 1993 that he was not a role model. After a career of clumsy comments, it was possibly the most insightful thing he’d said up to that point (even if his intention wasn’t to be self-reflective). We as a society don’t need wisdom bestowed upon us from young and grotesquely-paid professional athletes….

Dog Days Are Over (Thanks to the Dog)

By July 25, 2013 31 comments Permalink

Andrew Cotto Our family of four has been in a funk. My 11-year-old daughter became a tweener, so she’s been spending a lot of voluntary time in her room alone. My 7-year-old son has become a wiener, at times, so he’s been spending a lot of involuntary time in his room alone. My wife had…

My Dear Friend Is Getting Married Today

By July 14, 2013 46 comments Permalink

It is July 14, 2013, and my dear friend is getting married today. Like me, he’s in his mid-40s; unlike me, and almost all of our peers, he’s never been married. Not even close. My friend chose the song for his wedding. It’s a modern ballad by a modern band named Lovedrug. The song is…

An Interview With Dennis Lehane

By May 17, 2013 36 comments Permalink

Getty Images Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels — including New York Times bestsellers Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island, The Given Day, and Moonlight Mile, as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. His latest bestseller, Live By Night, recently won the prestigious Edgar Award for “Best…