_Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Professor of English
St. Thomas Aquinas College
125 Route 340
Sparkill, New York 10976
Office: Spellman 105B
Office Hours for Fall 2013: M-Th 10:00-11:00; Th 4:00-5:00
English 410: Senior Seminar in Hawthorne and Melville
St. Thomas Aquinas College is home to the Alpha Kappa Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society. Contact Professor Rachel Golland for more information.
Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Maine
_"It is the living spirit of the tree, not its spirit of turpentine, with which I sympathize, and which heals my cuts. It is as immortal as I am, and perchance will go to as high a heaven, there to tower above me still."
Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods.
I have had the pleasure of working at St. Thomas Aquinas College since 1998. Before that, I taught at Virginia Military Institute, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Middlesex County College (NJ), and Raritan Valley Community College (NJ).
Born and raised in the forgotten borough of NYC, Staten Island, I fell in love with reading at an early age, working through about five Hardy Boys novels a month. In 8th grade, my English teacher, Sister Madeline, assigned us Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and lots of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and I was hooked. At Tottenville High School, I had two really great English teachers: Carl Larsen and Hugh Rainey; they introduced me to Dickens, Hardy, and many more. In college and graduate school, I focused on American writers, including Hawthorne, Thoreau, Melville, Faulkner, Crane, Emerson, as well as others, such as Jim Harrison, Flannery O'Connor, Jack Kerouac, Nella Larsen, Jean Toomer. I am also interested in works produced elsewhere, especially the work of Dostoevsky, Gogol, Turgenev, and Rilke.
Other than reading, I enjoy fly-fishing, canoeing, hiking, old films; watching The Simpsons, Arrested Development, and The Office; listening to everything from Patty Griffin, Dave Matthews, the Dead, Tom Waits, and G. Love; to 20th century music by John Tavener, Henry Cowell, and Arvo Part; to Warren Zevon, Jay Farrar, Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan; to Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, and John Coltrane; to Bach, Mozart, Mahler, and Medieval Polyphony.