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William Carlos Williams - Trade Paperback Edition and Downloadable Podcasts

A trade paperback edition of this critically-acclaimed title has been published by InPrint Editions/Black Classic Press in celebration of William Carlos Williams' 125th birthday.

The richly-illustrated book (including vintage photographs from the Williams family archives) includes an illuminating new Preface by Neil Baldwin, as well as an Introduction by William Eric Williams, MD.

Neil talked about WCW for an hour with Keri Miller on her Minnesota Public Radio/MIDMORNING Show, August 14th. That evening, he gave a talk, read some favorite WCW poems, and answered questions at the Minneapolis Public Library.

Listen and/or download here http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/14/midmorning2/ and http://www.friendsofmpl.org/events_listen.html

Susan Stamberg writes in The New York Times Book Review that To All Gentleness is "...a deftly-written portrait. Neil Baldwin shows us a man who found joy in the noises of daily life, and who put poetry together 'with as much painstaking care as he took in the delivery of a new baby."

 

Remembering (With a Smile) Wendy Wasserstein, 10/18/1950-1/30/2006

When I woke up this morning and glanced at the date on the front page of the newspaper, I realized with a start that my friend Wendy Wasserstein died two years ago.

Well...could I really call her a "friend?" She had so many people who were much closer to her than I was; but whenever I was with Wendy, she treated me as if I were the only other person in the world.

The MSU history professor's final 'handout' on the last day of class

'What I learned in History 110'

I spent the semester teaching this class, and now I would like to tell you what I learned. This is not a complete list, just the main things I thought of this morning.

Only 1.5% of their week is spent in my classroom

On the first day of classes at Montclair State University, I always ask my predominantly freshman and sophomore General Education undergraduates about "the rest of their lives" outside of my particular course -- in other words, the 98.5% of the time that I do not see them.

I emphasize these percentages because, I tell the students, it's important to put things in perspective. Of course being in college is important, especially when you want to graduate and embark upon a respectable career; and furthermore, when you are the first person in your family to attend college, alot of people are counting upon you to succeed.

Speaking of "succeeding," all you had to do in order to tell this was midterm week was walk around campus or sit in Cafe Diem and eavesdrop on students' conversations about how hard it was to tell "what he/she [the professor] wanted," and "how noisy my roommate was so I couldn't study," and "how late I was at the library last night," and "how many questions I left blank," and "what other people got on the test..."

Yesterday was midterm day in Prof. Baldwin's class. I sat at my desk at the front of the room, pretending to read a book but actually looking out over the 40 young people scribbling away, tearing sheets out of notebooks, coughing, clearing their throats, drinking Red Bull, eating health bars, and scribbling some more, and my mind wandered back to that survey on the first day of the semester seven brief weeks ago.

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