Dave Griffith: author, teacher, arts admin

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America (Soft Skull). He is the Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is at work on a manuscript titled Pyramid Scheme: Making Art and Being Broke in America (check it out by clicking the link in the opposite sidebar).

If the translations are worth their salt, they just may win recruits to learn the old languages themselves.

Robert Fagles (via theparisreview)

I would add to this my hope that good writing makes native speakers want to really learn and know their mother tongue.

The week in review.

So I got this package in the mail during the summer and forgot to open it—if you’ve seen my office you know how this is possible. Well, turns out inside was a very heavy gold medal honoring me for my teaching. Guess I should open my mail more often. I share this with my talented and inspiring students. You kept me on my toes and reminded me why I got into this writing business in the first place. (at Interlochen Center for the Arts)

For those interested in what I’m teaching the Interlochen nonfiction students this semester. (at Interlochen Center for the Arts)

Last-minute reading list prep @thewritinghouse (at Interlochen Center for the Arts)

The creative writing program had perfect weather for a canoe trip down the Platte River on the edge of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Starting from the beginning. Working on an essay for the Twin Peaks Project on masculinity in #twinpeaks #lovemyjob

Just found taped up in the back of the coat closet: a map visualizing the plot of Lord of the Rings. #lifewithcharlotte #lotr

Where I’m calling from.. #upinmichigan (at Lake Michigan)


Passage from the 1960 essay “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Literature.” Context, transcript and discussion of the full essay here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/25/flannery-o-connor-grotesque-reading/

Never knew this existed.

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