Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, and Kincaid

Classes are in full swing at the University of Louisville. It's only been about a month and I'm already worried about my GPA taking a big hit this semester. Adjusting to classes that meet three days a week instead of just once a week like they did at the EKU Danville Campus is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I miss a lot of my friends at the EKU Danville Campus, too. I suppose it's nice to get the full college experience, something that the EKU Danville Campus lacked. The classroom size at EKU Danville was comparable to…

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Sonny’s Blues, Bartleby the Scrivener, and Cathedral

As I revealed earlier, I'm reading every story from my college English text; The Norton Introduction of Literature by Kelly J. Mays, just because. My bookmark currently rests between pages 69 and 70 in the Norton book. My goal was to read it cover-to-cover, but the syllabus wouldn't cooperate with that idea. For the last few classes, I had to read "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin, "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, and "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville. Bartleby was assigned most recently and is still the freshest story on my mind. The professor confessed in class that "Bartleby, the Scrivener" was his…

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You Always Need A Good Anthology

"You always need a good Anthology," my English 210 professor said at the beginning of my spring 2014 semester at Eastern Kentucky University, justifying his decision for the assigned book for the course. I borrowed a friend's copy; she had taken the class before me. Throughout the semester I read the assigned texts, took notes in class, took the tests, got an A. I gave the book back. I transferred to The University of Louisville for the Fall 2014 semester. I have two English classes, and inevitably two different anthologies to purchase, because "you always need a good anthology." "This is…

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I Visited The Stonewall Inn! (And other places!)

This is my first time in New York. I'm a gay man. It's pride weekend. When else is it socially acceptable to visit a historic place and get drunk? Probably never, right? I'm all for it! It was kind of small, but if you consider the history of the place, of course it is. The Stonewall Riots of 69 are widely considered to be the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement. In 1969 I'm sure it wasn't nearly as crowded. Maybe it's not nearly as crowded normally anyway. Again, it was also pride weekend. (Update: after more research, I've discovered…

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College Is Hard

"There's going to be so much opportunity for you in Louisville! You're going to have so much fun and meet all kinds of people!" Oh yay! I know, right? This was what everyone was saying when I told them that I was moving to Louisville, KY and transferring to the University of Louisville. My friends were all excited for me, and I was excited for myself! I quit my job at a very large and popular retail store (10 guesses which one) and found an apartment almost as soon as my acceptance letter came in. I've never quit working somewhere…

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