A Beautiful Day in Canyon, Texas

Just a few miles south of Amarillo, Canyon has been my home for three years. It’s a terrific community with a great school system, a fantastic university (my employer), and some hometown charm. What’s even better is that we have attractions you just won’t find anywhere else in Texas. Palo Duro Canyon (along with the musical […]

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The 10-Book Challenge FINISHED: Book #10

Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman I hadn’t anticipated reading Spiegelman’s other installment of Maus, but I was so impressed with the first one that I drove up to Amarillo today to purchase the second one. This one begins when Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, is brought to Auschwitz. The subtitle […]

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The 10-Book Challenge: Book #9

Maus I, A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman You can find Maus on various lists of must-read journalism. Spiegelman isn’t a journalist — he’s an artist — but he portrays his father’s story of surviving the Nazi holocaust in the style of journalism narrative. And, he also does it in the form of […]

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The 10-Book Challenge: Book #8

Night by Elie Wiesel I was poking around in my departmental office recently and came across a boxful of this book. It had been the selection for the Readership WT program three years ago. I hadn’t read this since high school, so I grabbed a copy (I’m faculty — I can do that) and took […]

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