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Recitatif, Resurrection, Arrow, and The Flash

If you’re new to my blog, you’ll want to know that I’m completely reading every page of The Norton Introduction to Literature: Shorter 11th Edition, by Kelly J. Mays, in it’s entirety, and blogging about it in an incredibly confusing way alongside my rants about life and stuff.

I took an AP English class in high school and had to read Beloved, a novel by Toni Morrison, and a spectacular one if you haven’t read it. I remember hearing that “Recitatif” was Toni Morrison’s only published short story, but I somehow never read it. I rectified that recently; it was the next story in The Norton Introduction to Literature. It’s a story about two girls who met at a home for children. I had to do some “research” after I read it because I was curious about the title and other things. I don’t really feel that the dialogue was very “musical”, if that’s what she was going for there. Strange thought, maybe there are operas of this short story somewhere? I guess if you put it to music, you never know. I suppose I’m over thinking it, and the real point of the title is the short moments of the lives brought together, and the “rhythm” of it all. At least, that’s what Wikipedia says.

I got sidetracked.

I also got caught up on the second season of Resurrection. I appreciate the fact that they aren’t going for an overly religious tone, even if that question does seem to pop up every now and then. Things are getting interesting, finally. The first season was incredibly short, I’m wondering if this second season will be just as quick, too.

I also watched the newest episodes of Arrow. Thea can totes kick butt now, and that’s pretty awesome.  Oh, and The Flash is getting better. I feel like it’s somehow being rushed, but if memory serves me correctly I felt that way about Arrow and first, too. At least once Barry Allen puts on his costume, he really does the whole “new to being a hero” thing well. It almost feels like the opposite of what happened to Oliver Queen. Well, kind of. I wonder if that was intentional?




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
tagged: currently-reading

Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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