Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My favorite word

I was thinking about the blog the other day as I was walking and how I didn't have a favorite word to share.

Days later, I was walking in roughly the same area and I caught myself thinking about a particular word and how much I liked it.

Soon after that second thought I had a third: Why don't I combine my first two thoughts and post that word on R2's blog? I carried on with a renewed spring in my step.

The word is 'interlude'

Who doesn't enjoy a nice interlude?

They're refreshing -- a nice change-of-pace.

The word itself is easy on the eyes, sexy (enter-lewd, but in a classy, romantic way), and a pleasure to say. It's everything I want in a word.

My favorite letter is X.

I know it's not required, but I'm going that eXtra mile.

Summary: interlude, X

Monday, November 26, 2007

A poem for Danielle

Danielle - we are so,
so, so
sad you have the flu
it must be terribly fun for you
sitting all wrapped up in the chair
we know it's just a good excuse to
consume your normal daily intake of four novels.
What a novel idea to procure the flu.
Drink scotch (with tea... or not).
Make sure to embrace naps (a lot).
Although we're sure you're not actually sick
(At least not mentally :))
But be sure to laugh as though
You just heard one of Prof. Derrick's odd remarks
Since laughter is a curing thing.
Also, you're sexy when you're phlegmy.


Monday, November 19, 2007

R2 Annual Open Mic Night

We had a great group come out for our annual Open Mic Night in the pub last wednesday. Several staffers and a lot of other great readers gave us a sampling of their work. We also had a silly writing contest, and the group that won gave us a marvelous story about a speeding car, urine, and gender-neutral genitalia. Hooray! Some great UH and St. Thomas writers came out to give us support. The only complaint I heard was that there were too few people at the event, and WAY too few people up at the mic. Next year, don't be shy. R2 loves you, and you love R2.
Fiction Editor

Marsha Recknagel and Sasha West Reading

Please excuse the overdueness.

On November 7, our very own Marsha Recknagel and Sasha West provided us with a fantastic reading. Sasha started things off with a selection of short poems, and managed to impress the room with an especially complicated poem written from the point of view of a thoroughbred horse. She ended her reading with a longer poem, "The Immaculate Conception of Loneliness," which maintained an impressive sense of momentum through numerous pages and kept the audience's attention, sometimes a hard thing to do with lengthy poetry being read out loud to college student attention spans.

Marsha Recknagel read a small selection from a current work that really impressed everyone. As always, her general manner behind the microphone was disarming and warm and really led into and complimented her work. We were all a little sad she took out the risque details, but it was still a memorable piece.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Alix Ohlin @ Lecture Series

Ariel & Audubon, the title of Alix Ohlin's third night's lecture (October 25, 2007) was a fascinating look at the connection between birds and human emotion, as expressed throught various art forms.
Along with aesthetic appreciation of birds, Ohlin explored the inevitable dark side of human interaction with these winged creatures. One of her most memorable anecdotes was of the passenger pigeon, once the most populous pigeon in the world, yet literally hunted to death.
Her lecture brought together literary questions and pressing social concerns, and flawlessly combined her talent for storytelling with her passion for the environment.

- Mariame A, Fiction

Thursday, November 15, 2007

St. Thomas's Shadwell Wake FRIDAY!

Want to read gloriously bad poetry?
Come celebrate the death of the worst poet ever!

Shadwell Wake
Friday, November 16, 2007 at 8:00pm - 12:00 am

English Department, University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, TX

Email for Info:

Shadwell wake is a thirty year long tradition at UST. It is FREE, open to the public, and 21+ bring I.D.!

There is a bad poetry contest, you can dress in your best funeral clothes, and there will be live music (Sideshow Tramps and MORE!), snacks, and socializing! Bring anyone you want!

Support University of St. Thomas writers!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007




Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Breakfast at Rachel's! and fav word

This Sunday come to the Parthenon ( my beloved house's name) for brunch at 10:30 . Bring 3$ or food! ( Better yet email me to let me know if you are coming and what you can bring res2@)
And favorite word:
Annwang, because it mysteriously appears at the end of all the emails in my inbox...i kid i kid
is.....facetious!......ok ok i kid again
is.....saturated.........well this would be but it is too much associated with fat
is.....serendipity.......but again, maybe not because it is too cliche
is.....salubrious, because I just learned it, but again, not really, basically I dont have a word.... they are all equally fantastic, and I think this brings me to my final 'favorite' word: egalitarian :)

<3 Rachel

Monday, November 12, 2007

My Favorite Word... and Wacky Prizes!

So, as arguably the ~*~WacKi7sT~*~ person on the r2 staff, I have been given the honor and privilege of choosing the gifts for Wednesday's Open Mic Night in Pub. While I haven't gotten them yet, I'm writing the blog to assure anyone who might have been apprehensive that they will indeed be awesome.

And: my favorite word, right at this very second, is "chifferobe." I'll use it in a sentence.

My roommate two days ago: "Alex, what happened to the chifferobe in our common room?"
Me: [insert three To Kill a Mockingbird jokes here].

Much love,

Alexander Crompton

Friday, November 9, 2007

Danielle DuBois - fiction editor

My favorite word is "disarming." Like, "The serial killer's love for carnage contrasted with his warm, disarming smile."
I've been listening to a lot of Sufjan Stevens lately. Hopefully that explains why that sentence popped into my head...


david rosales!

congratulations, david! we look forward to working with you!

r2 staff.