Kenyon Kribs: P.F. Kluge Edition

This time on Kenyon Kribs, we’re taking a trip to probably the most mysterious and esteemed location on the Kenyon campus. P.F. Kluge, Kenyon’s writer in residence, is famous for writing Eddie and the Cruisers and not making eye contact with students sitting in the adjacent booth in Middle Ground who desperately want to be his friend. His house is just as enigmatic, with furniture ranging from expensive imports to pieces found laying on the side of the road. Check out the video after the jump, and be sure to stay tuned until the end for a clip of the professor cuddling and talking about his teddy bear.

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P. F. Kluge Moves Up in the World: From the Big Apple to the Mistake by the Lake


By now we’ve all heard about P. F. Kluge’s dazzling recent review in the Old Gray Lady. But now The Master Blaster is getting some major attention closer to home, too: Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer recently published this review on their website, See just how similar Kluge is to Shakespeare after the jump.

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Professors Like Being Mean

Not that this is news to any of you, but professors like being mean to their students. According to The Australian, some professors at RMIT University are up in arms about changes to a school policy that demands professional benevolence.  Did they read that P.F. Kluge piece? Seems like Kluge has friends down under.

Feel free to post about your most cruel and black-hearted professors anonymously in the comments. We know how you roll.

The New York Times Loves P. F. Kluge!

Come to Kenyon! Our professors can write! (

Today’s New York Times (page C4, for you print edition fans) features a book review of  The Master Blaster, the lastest novel by prolific Kenyon author and cigar smoker P.F. Kluge. They loved it! Central to the novel is the island of Saipan in the western Pacific, which Kluge has visited many times. Saipan is a U.S. slave labor camp Commonwealth, which allows for the possibility of all sorts of nefarious things like cheap labor and low trade tariffs.

The novel is about a group who come to the island knowing little about it, or each other. Throughout the book, “the main characters explore the island and one another.” The Times also describes The Master Blaster as a “bewitching love letter to an utterly maddening place” and “tinged with thoughts of mortality.” Kluge’s voice, familiar to anyone who has taken one of his popular seminars (or anyone on the Collegian staff) is “seasoned, amused and vibrant.”

For any Kenyon students interested in learning more about the book, Kluge is having a lecture and discussion about it at the Bookstore this Thursday, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Morning Weather Check: Kamp Kenyon

Good morning, Kamp Kenyon! It’s another beautiful day in central Ohio. Yesterday afternoon, I swam in the Kokosing, walked to dinner in cutoffs, got sunburned and contemplated making some friendship bracelets.  Happy spring! Hope you’re appreciating Kenyon’s transition to summer kamp.

Did anyone notice that kamp(us) smelled like a bonfire last night? Maybe the Delts held a secret Wednesday night kampfire singalong! I hope they invited P.F. Kluge, because Kluge has some feelings about kamp. You should probably read this Kluge-penned Kamp Kenyon thought piece in its entirety.

Kluge, on kamp kounselors/professors: “Some call you by your first name, some by your last, with a mister or ms. in front. Some put chairs in a circle, campfire style, and others stand in front of the class behind a podium.” Some know how to shortsheet beds, and some know only how to TP a kabin.

Somebody needs to give Kluge a talk about kamp spirit. See you at recreational swim!