Gleanings in Literature: A Blog

This blog is intended for lovers of books and ideas; for those who savor words; for those who believe literature makes us more humane by creating empathetic bonds across time and space; for those who know deep down that lust and language are entwined, but just can’t quite say how; for those who-feel compelled to roll around in the wreckage and delights of the ordinary human heart; for those who write to reveal themselves, to discover themselves, and sometimes even to speak themselves into existence; and for those who write to dissemble and hide.

My posts focus on contemporary and classic literature, both fiction and poetry, but I will also post interviews and occasionally my thoughts about my own writing.  I have a PhD in American literature, so you will find that most of my gleanings occur in this field.

As a teacher, I need to say to any student passing by, cite properly but also warily: I make no claims to authority.

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  I invite your comments



Michael James Rizza has an MA in creative writing from Temple University in Philadelphia and a PhD in American Literature from the University of South Carolina. He has published academic articles on Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, Harold Frederic, and Adrienne Rich. His award winning novel Cartilage and Skin was published by Starcherone Books in November 2013. His short fiction has appeared in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Switchback, and Curbside Splendor. He has won various awards for his writing, including a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. His scholarly monograph entitled The Topographical Imagination of Jameson, Baudrillard, Foucault, is forthcoming with Davies Group, Publishers. He is currently at work on a funny, fast paced, literary novel called Domestic Men’s Fiction. He teaches at Kean University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Robin and their son Wilder, who was named after a character in DeLillo’s White Noise.