Tag Archives: Literary Critique

Last Time at The University Gym

I ran on the lonely back road through the ancient hill country. Once inhabited by American Indian (pronounced revolutionary, oppressed, righteous, non-devilish Native American gender-free, free-range, gluten free people). My first mile was lame. The weather ungodly hot and humid. … Continue reading

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On Writing: The Real Botendaddy Speaks

All of the Allegheny Actor’s Studio players were there: Ricardo Perez of Santurce, 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico who played Ramon Shelley Kornboim of Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY, who played the Librarian Luigi Portofino of Roanoake, Virginia, who played The Park Ranger. Rachel Birnboim of … Continue reading

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Only a Stupid Moron Would Trade Phil Kessel and I have no Idea nor do I care what a Corsi is.

“You have have to be clinically f&cktarded  to trade Phil Kessel. Pittsburgh loves Kessel. Kessel looks like a hockey fan. He’s like a regular Joe.” I said to Freaky Tattooed Canadian Chick (READER 🚨 ALERT: BOTENDADDY JUMPS SHARK 🦈 ADDS NEW CHARACTER)” … Continue reading

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You only Fail if you stop Writing: It’s almost all over at the University

“It’s official, August 16th is the last day of the Writer’s Workshop. As soon as you receive your diploma for your bizarre advanced degree in god-knows-what, we are all being kicked off campus. Hell I’m retiring, so I don’t give … Continue reading

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Contrast: Thurber’s ‘The Night the Bed Fell’ vs. Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Night We All Had Grippe’

I stood in front of the Writer’s Workshop ready to pontificate my verbal bowel movement. It was ‘Pride Week’ so I was surprised that our four *gay* Writers were all at the Workshop. “What the hell are you guys doing … Continue reading

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Who are the Characters of the Writer’s Workshop?

In response to overwhelming audience demand, I lay it out as best I can. Activity: The Writer’s Workshop, 2006-Present location: Bolean Nationality Classroom, Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh leader: The Professor literary critic in residence: the Botendaddy name: The … Continue reading

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Welcome to Suomi, Brésil and South Korea!

Listen, my new friends from Finland Brazil and South Korea, you are going to see some really weird things on this site. There may be obscure cultural differences that make this site complicated to understand. It’s about literary and art … Continue reading

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