‘Marley and Me’ and Goucher College


“John Grogan, author of ‘Marley and Me,’ fields a question after his lecture titled ‘Memoir & Me- The Art of First-Person Narrative’ at Goucher College on Monday, March 28, 2011.”

John Grogan, author of the 2006 New York Times bestseller, ‘Marley and Me’, was invited to speak at Goucher College last Monday.

I’ve haven’t read the book or watched the film, but it didn’t matter much for the purposes of this lecture. Grogan, a former reporter and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, spoke about the differences and similarities between journalism and narrative nonfiction. It was interesting to hear his thoughts on how objectivity and balance play into both styles of writing.

I got to speak with him at dinner before the lecture. He saw me with my camera, and he told me that he used to love to shoot for his college newspaper, although he admitted it was never his forte.

Here’s another post that explains his talk in more detail.

Goucher College alumnus speaks on American housing crisis


"Paul Reyes, author of "Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession," discusses his book's development in Buchner Hall at Goucher College Tuesday, February 8, 2011."

Last Tuesday night was one of those moments when academics and athletics collided for me. I had a late night tennis practice off campus, so I was only able to stay for the first ten minutes of Paul Reyes‘ lecture on the American housing crisis and snap a few quick photographs.

Read the full story here.

Because I had to leave so early, I don’t have many thoughts on what he had to say about the state of housing itself.

What I did pick up on was how his career as a journalist influenced the production of his book. He mentioned that although he had no formal education in economics or real estate prior to writing his book, his regular reporting and speaking with people in Florida affected by foreclosures gave him a more personalized angle.

I don’t know much about literary journalism, but it was interesting to hear how a journalist can mold lots of pieces of information together into one cohesive body of work.