Big Think: I’m Going to Use the R-Word (and it’s ok if you do, too)

Editor’s Note(s):1. You may be wondering why Erika is writing another Big Think in October. Andrew and Mary have been stepping back from the Big Think this month because of other duties, and Erika has been especially prolific lately, so we decided to just make the switch.2. The “writing mentor” mentioned in this piece is,Continue reading “Big Think: I’m Going to Use the R-Word (and it’s ok if you do, too)”

It’s Caturday, We Have Questions

And on to our Caturday question: This week we’re asking, “Who is the first person you show your writing to and why?” Answer here in the comments or on Twitter. Don’t forget to tag @IvoryBoilerRoom, @WhatTheMamaSaw and @DrWhippersnap and include the hashtag #IvoryBoilerRoomAsks.

Watch, Listen and Read with Us

Erika has still been wrestling with a difficult piece of writing, and getting ready for the new Thursday Night Writes group.   Cats, visitors and her media choices have definitely provided some solace from writing this week.  Working on such a difficult piece has shown Erika some new things about her own writing process andContinue reading “Watch, Listen and Read with Us”

Big Cat, Little Cat!

True Crime Tuesday is off again today–we wish Mary a speedy recovery and know she’ll be back with thrills and chills and deep psychological exploration for us soon. In the meantime, we’re bringing you another episode of Big Cat, Little Cat, and we’re going to take a moment to introduce Thursday Night Writes, a virtual writing groupContinue reading “Big Cat, Little Cat!”

Erika’s Big Think #6: The Story I Never Told my Grandmother

By Erika Grumet My grandmother was known for entertaining guests; in fact, the stone at her grave makes note of her skill as a hostess. I recall standing in the kitchen with my mother, while we were preparing the house to sit shiva* for her. I was busy getting the table organized, setting up coffee,Continue reading “Erika’s Big Think #6: The Story I Never Told my Grandmother”

Watch, Listen and Read with Us

Another weekend has arrived, and we’re here with highlights from what we’ve been watching, reading and listening to. Mary’s had to sit this week out due to illness, but we know she’ll be back soon. Meanwhile we all wish her a speedy recovery (and you can leave your well wishes for her, too.) In theContinue reading “Watch, Listen and Read with Us”

September Wrap Up/October Preview

September has just flown by. It’s a month filled with so many holidays for some people, the unofficial end to summer (and the beginning of the Rabbit Season/Duck Season style debate between the pumpkin crowd and the apple crowd.) We spent the month in the Boiler Room observing holidays and heading Back to the Books,Continue reading “September Wrap Up/October Preview”

Speak Up, It’s Saturday

Adam (who created the Big Cat, Little Cat series,)  is doing a little traveling right now, which means Erika gets to talk to you about our new schedule and start our new Saturday series. We’ve done a little renovating here in the Boiler Room, and so here’s a quick schedule update  to help you findContinue reading “Speak Up, It’s Saturday”

What it Means to Ban a Book

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.” Potter Stewart, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court By Erika Grumet The only book my parents ever took away from me was Catcher in the Rye. There are a lot of reasons someone might want to take that book away from a child, but none of thoseContinue reading “What it Means to Ban a Book”

Midweek Teaser: Dr. Michael Nevradakis and Academic Corruption

This week’s guest, Dr. Michael Nevradakis shares a Stony Brook connection with Andrew and Adam. Dr. Nevradakis is also a former podcaster, and so it’s no surprise that their interview quickly finds a rhythm to talk about some of the real vulnerabilities faced by graduate students and early career academics… especially when it comes toContinue reading “Midweek Teaser: Dr. Michael Nevradakis and Academic Corruption”

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