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Monday, February 16, 2009

Cincinnati Here I Come

Those fine fine folks at the University of Cincinnati have invited me to come and give a lecture as part of something called The Ropes Lecture Series. (I will keep my snide comments about why they call it "Ropes" to myself.) The link to further information is here:

As you can see, there are all kinds of really smart people involved, talking about all kinds of really smart stuff, and then there's me. I have, as yet, more or less no clue as to what I'll be talking about. Suggestions are welcomed.

I had to come up with something to put on the calendar, which is why I invented a lecture called "Stairways to Heaven and HIghways to hell: Interpreting Biblical Tales for a Secular Age." Which sounds all cool and sexy and stuff until you reflect for about half a second and realize that the age we live in is about as secular as seventh-century Saudi Arabia. So I don't know where I'm going with that.

I'll be in Cincinnati for most of the week; besides the lecture I'll be doing a reading, and a creative writing workshop, and a seminar class that's read one of my books (I think The Pres). I'm actually looking forward to all this, provided of course that people are nice to me and don't just take the opportunity to vent about how much my books suck and ask me things like, "Hey, how come shitty writers like you get published and good ones like me don't?" Because then I'll have to talk about all the people I've slept with to make it this far.

So if anyone out there is in the area and wants to stop in and say hi, please do. I don't know when the reading will be but when I find out I'll post it here.

And maybe I'll keep a running like blog-thing going about my week in Cincinnati. If I have time. Will I have time? I have no idea. Is there much to keep you busy in Cincinnati? No idea.

As mentioned above: suggestions are welcome. Don't be shy.

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