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The Magic Poetry Bus

January 27, 2010

I grew up within poetry — the sound of my mother’s voice reciting Great Poems. The poetry she recited was canonical: Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, Dickinson, Longfellow — but the way she told these poems…

Crime novelist, trained psychologist and USC College Ph.D. graduate Jonathan Kellerman. Photo credit Blake Little Photography.

Reading the Mind

January 27, 2010

Many budding writers would give anything to get inside the heads of best-selling authors to learn their secrets to success. Crime novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 can spare them the trouble. As a trained psychologist,…

Devon O’Brien is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program.

An I of My Own

January 27, 2010

“What was it like for you…?” This is a question my editor at the Los Angeles Times never asked me back in 1989, after my luncheon interview with a young and unknown Australian movie actress. So, I will tell…

Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett. Photo credit Philip Channing. Story printed with permission from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.

In & Out of Fiction

January 27, 2010

Percival Everett doesn’t spend a lot of time considering his body of work. Instead, says the 52-year-old author, whose new novel I Am Not Sidney Poitier (Graywolf, 2009) came out in June, “I think about writing one…

Faculty Bookplate

January 27, 2010

Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets The Political Economy of Innovation by Jonathan Aronson and Peter Cowhey The MIT Press / Jonathan Aronson, professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication…

Henry Clark explores Mendocino, Calif. The professor emeritus of religion in USC College was a lover of the great outdoors. Clark died the night of July 23. Photo courtesy of the Clark family.

In Memoriam: Henry B. Clark II, 78

August 12, 2009

Henry B. Clark II, professor emeritus of religion in USC College and champion of social justice, has died. He was 78.  Clark had spent two weeks in July at a lakeside cabin in Vermont with his children and grandchildren.…

Faculty Bookplate

July 24, 2009

Landscape with Two SaintsHow Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europeby Lisa BitelOxford University Press / By examining the ruins of their cities and churches, the workings of their…

Alumni Bookplate

July 24, 2009

The American Discovery of Europeby Jack D. ForbesUniversity of Illinois Press / Jack D. Forbes (Ph.D., history, ’59) professor emeritus of Native American studies and anthropology at University of California, Davis,…

Danielle Lenglet (left), Sarah Fieber, Sue Kim and Wayetu Moore will head to Saratoga Springs this summer after earning scholarships for the New York State Summer Writers Institute program at Skidmore College. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

April 29, 2009

Wayetu Moore was four when her family escaped Liberia amid the country's economic collapse and civil war. The Moores left via Sierra Leone for Houston around the First Liberian Civil War. Her family's survival has inspired…

T.C. Boyle, author of "World’s End," "The Tortilla Curtain" and most recently, "The Women," has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Wit Gets Its Due

April 16, 2009

The hours of early-morning writing, the meticulous construction of his characters' psyches and the unmitigated need to research, chronicle and give contemporary America a good dose of wry wit, have again paid off for writer…