Posts Tagged ‘PEN’

PEN Update: Hannah Levine Scores

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The PEN May 2, Event, The PEN Cabaret, featuring Laurie Anderson, Carrie Brownstein, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Patricia Clarckson, Steve Connell, David Conrad, Mark Z. Danielewski, James Franco, Peter Hirsch, Nick Laird, Walter Mosley, Parker Posey, Lou Reed, Sekou and Sean Wilsey, sold out weeks ago. But WORD writer Hannah Levine, who works for the Hunter Envoy as its Entertainment Editor and who blogs at  My Soul Is a Butterfly, had been for several weeks feverishly hoping as well as feverishly persisting to get access even though we guessed the odds were a 1,000 to one.

I got this email from her last night: “I am ecstatically happy.”


A Tempest in a Teapot But a Tempest No Less – Part 5

Monday, April 20th, 2009

My reply was posted on Hunter L.


A Tempest in a Teapot But a Tempest No Less – Part 4

Monday, April 20th, 2009

So, I’ve been getting these emails from Adjunct Instructor Cindy Rodriguez, who copies everyone in the department as well as others outside the department, about the anguish she experiences when she reads one of my memos. In one response – copied et al, of course – she suggested that I go file the appropriate complaints with the appropriate bodies and to stop writing acidic memos (which, of course, are based on the complaints filed with the appropriate bodies who either rule in my favor or support my allegations which I believe should be aired) because they pain her so much. She also disapproved of my email about the shortcomings of the Aronson award of which she is associated and so she replied, I guess, to buttress Blanca Vasquez’s cheap shot.


A Tempest in a Teapot Is a Tempest No Less – Part 2

Friday, April 17th, 2009

“Hi Aronsonians,  I am forwarding a note from Gregg Morris, who teaches journalism at Hunter and who has raised concerns about the Aronson student undergraduate prize. Separating his concerns from how he states them would be a good thing. Most Film and Media dept. faculty know that Gregg can raise issues in ways that are contentious.”  [– Blanca Vasquez, Adjunct Instructor]

So, what’s the skinny on this teapot?

A WORD Special Project

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Six days. One-hundred-sixty writers.

It’s spring break but several of the WORD’s best writers were emailed to see if any were interested in covering the event. So far, Hannah M. Levine, who writes for the WORD and is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Envoy and blogs at, has accepted. She wants to cover the PEN cabaret.   

Must Reading for the 4 Barnacles of the Apocalypse and Other Colleagues

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I am recommending the New York Times’ Stanley Fish February 16 column, Is the Academy Different? for the benefit of the 4 Barnacles of the Apocalypse* and other colleagues confused about tenets and canons of Academic Freedom.