Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

  1. The road not taken

    Nicholas Delbanco asks: How does one ensure the road not taken is the road to creative freedom?

  2. Ceep the rth clyn

    Nicholas Delbanco reminds us that the act of writing (i.e., making marks on a surface) changes with the times.

  3. In defense of writing

    Nicholas Delbanco explains why the pen is mightier than the sword — not to mention the spoken word.

  4. The welcome table

    New James Baldwin bios inspire personal memories of the writer, host.

  5. A moment's thought?

    Most writing that appears seamless likely has been stitched, unstitched, and stitched again.

  6. A different drum

    Visionary, iconoclast, eccentric. What does ‘original’ really mean — and from where does originiality originate?

  7. Soldier, prisoner, lexicographer

    ‘Hereward Thimbleby Price’ may sound like a character in a cozy English tale, but real life took him from Madagascar to Michigan.

  8. A lesson learned

    Opinions are like mentors, says Nicholas Delbanco. We all have them. Some are more agreeable than others.

  9. Shop around the corner

    Novelist Nicholas Delbanco pens an ode to readers’ pulp-and-paper Shangri-La: the bookstore.