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The Microphone Eroctic, Debra Marquart Jan 2016

The Microphone Eroctic, Debra Marquart

English Publications

Tired of not being heard in a crowd? Tired of your hellos and excuse mes getting lost in great waves of small talk? Want to be heard above the roar of social chatter when you step up to sing? Well, let me introduce you to the high-performance Electro-Voice PL-80 dynamic supercardioid microphone...


When The Band Broke Up, Debra Marquart Jan 2016

When The Band Broke Up, Debra Marquart

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Randy took off with the PA. Al got the 24-channel mixing board. The strobe lights, flash pots, pars, cams, and spotlights went to Greg. Mike got the power amps, EQs, and drum risers. And I came into possession of a 74-passenger school bus. Chromium yellow with shiny reflectors flashing red and yellow on the roof like crazy eyeballs. Super-wide side mirrors mounted on the hood...


Tell It Cool: On Restraint In Writing, Debra Marquart Jan 2015

Tell It Cool: On Restraint In Writing, Debra Marquart

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For years, I've encouraged students to "tell it cool" when narrating a tale that is harrowing or emotional. A cool narrator can be a buoy in rough waters. I've always thought this advice came from Hemingway, but at this moment as I search my bookshelves for the place where Hemingway said it, I can't put my finger on the quote. I know it's in there somewhere, likely in one of the letters (bossy letters full of unsolicited advice and signed "Papa" when friends were just writing to ask for money)...


Not All There, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Not All There, Debra Marquart

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few years ago, my friend Jordan, a writer and park ranger in northern California, decided to take a month long trip to Grand Teton National Park to do some research for a book. He had worked for the park service twenty years earlier in the Tetons, so the trip was part research, part reverie, and part mournful return to the rougher mountains of his youth. He was one of those people who competed in and won biathlons-the Olympic winter sport where you ski, then shoot with a rifle, then ski some more. He liked to claim you could drop ...


Carte Blanche, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Carte Blanche, Debra Marquart

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As we were packing up the Chevy with my things for col lege, Father handed me a checkbook from the Stock Growers Bank. It looked odd and official in his hands-legal, even-and nothing like the buckets of milk or the hay bales or any of the other things of agricultural that I usually saw him carrying around. Inside the plastic navy blue cover, tucked into the crease, was a stack of bound checks with my name on them...


Kablooey Is The Sound You'll Hear, Debra Marquart Jan 2013

Kablooey Is The Sound You'll Hear, Debra Marquart

English Publications

then plaster falling and the billow of gypsum after your sister blows a hole in the ceiling of your brother's bedroom with the shotgun he left loaded and resting on his dresser...


The Other Woman, Debra Marquart Apr 2012

The Other Woman, Debra Marquart

English Publications

Because I could. Because back then it seemed simple to put your hand out and peel a man away from another woman, almost like ripe fruit, almost like another country, the late-seventies that blessed window of time after the pill, right before AIDS. Vietnam was over, drinking age was still eighteen.


Whisker Meditations, Debra Marquart Apr 2012

Whisker Meditations, Debra Marquart

English Publications

When I told my fiance' s mother about my persistent, recurring whisker-lower right, underside of my chin-she smiled sideways, said, "Be glad it's only one."


Paul L. Errington: His Life And Work, Matthew Sivils Jan 2012

Paul L. Errington: His Life And Work, Matthew Sivils

English Publications

Trapper, ecologist, and nature writer Paul Errington dedicated his life to the understanding and preservation of wetland environments and to the rich diversity of wildlife that calls tl1em home. Through his technical research as well as in his popular writing, Errington challenged us to change the way we think about and value marshlands. He was one of tl1e most innovative, forward-thinking, and influential ecologists of his day, and his lifetime of exploring and working in midwestern glacial marshes culminated in his natural history classic, Of Men and Marshes.


Cell, Debra Marquart Jan 2011

Cell, Debra Marquart

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Lately I've been calling myself when necessity requires, the landline part of me who has a meeting and must be out the door dials the cell self lost in the deep pocket...


The Art Of Cheer, Debra Marquart Jan 2011

The Art Of Cheer, Debra Marquart

English Publications

The afternoon I bought my first record, "Red Rubber Ball" by the Cyrkle, I went to my best friend Jovita Becker's house. She plucked the single from the sleeve and dropped it onto her turntable with a crunch of the needle as the sound of the Farftsa organ rang out, and we danced the Pony on the bouncy, wood floor of her upstairs bedroom. I went to her house often, late afternoons, after Catholic school, while her parents were still at work at their grocery store.


Some Things About That Day, Debra Marquart Jan 2010

Some Things About That Day, Debra Marquart

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The placards I walked through. The wet raincoat on a hook. The questionnaire on a clipboard placed before me. Couples sat around me in the waiting room. They were young. What am I saying? I was only thirty-two.


Refusing Nostalgia: On Geographical Flight And Cultural Amnesia, Debra Marquart Jan 2010

Refusing Nostalgia: On Geographical Flight And Cultural Amnesia, Debra Marquart

English Publications

As a child, I was a map gazer. I'd set my small finger down in Alsace, in that blessed valley of castles, church spires, vineyards, and rolling fields of sunflowers between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine river, then I'd tramp my fingers like a small scissors eastward through Germany. I'd touch down on the shore of the Danube and trace its long artery, the eastern route my ancestors took in 1803 to reach Odessa on the Black Sea. I longed to feel under my fingertips the slow progress of the overland caravan, the teams of oxen ...


The Perils Of Travel, Debra Marquart Jan 2009

The Perils Of Travel, Debra Marquart

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Something that unnerves me when I fly on certain European airlines is the way that passengers will applaud at touchdown, as if a crash landing were the norm, so an uneventful landing is a cause for celebration.


Reconsidering An Agricultural Childhood, Debra Marquart Jan 2007

Reconsidering An Agricultural Childhood, Debra Marquart

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In an interview titled, "Field Observations," the environmentalist and writer, Wendell Berry, spoke about long-range decisions he was making for his farmland in the Kentucky River Valley. "What I'm going to do here." he explained to the interviewer as they walked Berry's upland pastures, "is grow an old -growth forest. It will take about 200 years, and I won't live to see it."


Chores, Debra Marquart Jan 2007

Chores, Debra Marquart

English Publications

There is a gravel road about a quarter-mile long leading out of my parents' farm in North Dakota that leads to another gravel road about a half-mile long, which eventually meets up with Highway 3, the two-lane blacktop that runs through my hometown. When I was a kid, I sat for hours in my brother's bedroom facing the highway, and I kept a running tally of how many cars and trucks passed our farm...