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Bless Me, Ultima

February 19, 2008 Norman, Oklahoma The four sorority girls were jockeying for position around me, giggling and shouting "Halo him! Halo him!" It's times like this when the sacrifices we public servants make for our country really hit home. Haloing, I hasten to point out, is apparently when members...
My memories of reading Rudolfo Anaya?s Bless Me, Ultima last week in Marfa, Texas, are already receding into the selfsame happy, retrospective blur that this blog was designed to prevent. So, before memories of my present New York swing displace Marfa any further, a flashback? The most outrageous...
January 12, 2008 El Paso, TX Having run a deodorant along my left jowl yesterday morning before realizing I wasn't shaving, it's probably not surprising that I should find myself in the El Paso airport just now, blogberrying. Luckily, I've started a feature here where I take each Big Read book and...
January 4, 2007 San Francisco, CA Happy New Year from the California desk of the Big Read! I'm newly ensconced here for a few days, drumming up Big Read applications in a few hard-to-reach corners of the country, looking in on the pilot program for The Big Read in Corrections, and hosing down the...
November 9, 2007 New Paltz, NY Is a backlog of unwritten blog posts a backblog? I'm pinned under a backblog this morning. I'm also lodged under my usual detritus of books, bedding and Big Read paraphernalia -- lodging this time in New Paltz, NY, where last night I introduced Dr. Margarite Fernandez...
October 18, 2007 Albuquerque, New Mexico A quick quiz today, inspired by a revelation I had while driving around Albuquerque the morning after Rudolfo Anaya's standing-room-only, fire-marshal's patience-trying appearance last week. Without thinking, what does this photo remind you of? The...
October 10, 2007 Las Cruces, New Mexico In Washington, DC, where I live when I'm not on the road, the default question is "Red or blue?" In Napa County, near where I used to live, the question tends more toward "Red or white?" And in New Mexico, where I just completed a whirlwind Big Read tour, the...
July 13, 2007 Washington, DC I hate to deluge the Communications office with yet another post, but by the clock on the wall, it's time for Uncle David to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what you blog fans out there in cyberland are exercised about. Turns out there's a fascinating letter from...
June 25, 2007 Washington, DC David?s at the American Library Association convention today, making converts to the good news about the Big Read, talking to libraries that have just finished their Big Reads, and congratulating the new grantees who wander by the NEA booth to get advance copies of the...

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