The locative performance, Fire Season, set against the site of the Paramount Ranch Fire

“When I am a desert, will it matter who loved me? Will my bones, bleached by the radiation of this white-hot fire remember the currents that contracted, extended, relaxed, as fingers touched by skin?”

Videoconferencing your best YOU in the Coronavirus moment.

zooming for a recent birthday celebration

Over the past week and a half, I, along with much of the world, have been moving from in person teaching teleconferencing, but I find that it is a little exhausting. (I know I’ve already said how sad it makes me.)

Oh, and by exhausting, I mean it feels like…

Can we take a second and talk about the emotional toll of switching to all online instruction?

Interactive virus-map in the scariest possible color scheme. You can find it here.

So, dutifully, my fellow instructors moved our courses online.

Suddenly, we were Zooming (and otherwise teleducating). We went from highly engineered chair-desks to the futons and couches and deskchairs of our homes. …

Have you ever noticed how many ideas you get while doing other things?

Students hard at work at not writing!

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to think of ideas to write about while you are staring at a blank page but how many ideas you get as you sit down to do some basic math, like paying your taxes. Or how when you are doing some small…

How I learned that writing a book takes more than just typing chapters.

Me, at the end of the road, with a box full of books.

A few months ago my friend and colleague, the fabulous Rochelle Gold, said, “Wow, Mark, you wrote that book in a year.” And I thought to myself, “Hey, I guess, I did.”

A book, a whole book was drafted in the academic year 2018–2019 and was published the following year…

Mark C. Marino

writer/researcher of emerging digital writing forms. Prof of Writing @ USC, Dir. of Com. for ELO, Dir. of HaCCS Lab

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