Crescent Magazine

Thanks to Taft Matney for this note about The Outspokin’ Cyclist in the new Crescent magazine. “As South Carolina’s larger cities work to make traffic flow more friendly and attractive for bicycles, Phillip Barron’s new book offers itself as a cyclist’s encouraging companion,” … Continue reading

Tape and other poems

Lately, I have been writing more poetry than prose. Working at the National Humanities Center, I had the opportunity to meet and be influenced by some extraordinary poets, like Piotr Sommer, Mary Kinze, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis. In the years … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist – the book

I am a cyclist. To say as much sounds strange to me. Not because it isn’t true, but because it is true. Riding a bicycle — for transportation, for errands, for joy — is something I do without thinking a … Continue reading

Dropbox is an academic’s best friend

Have you ever been writing a paper, working on an article, or organizing a book project — for example — at home, but then need to jot down an idea or insert a phrase of perfectly crafted language while you’re … Continue reading

Please Don’t Involve Fellow Passengers In Schemes To Extort Disability Funds

DINING CAR AHEAD… reads the scrolling red-LED marquis at the front of the Coachclass car. The northbound Carolinian, Amtrak’s train 80, follows a corridor of sweet gum, pine, and mimosa between Durham and Washington, DC. Views from the diesel-driven iron … Continue reading