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Don Florence


Visiting Assistant Professor

Office Location: 512 N. Silver St., Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 87901
Phone: 575-894-2884
E-Mail Address: florenced1@wnmu.edu and also via Canvas

Degrees: B.A. B.A. English, Michigan State University, 1977; M.A. English, University of Illinois, 1978; Ph.D. English, University of Illinois, 1993

Date began at WNMU: 2008

Research & Academic Interests: Mark Twain; American humor and satire; how to make a million dollars with one bad joke

Principal publication: Persona and Humor in Mark Twain's Early Writings (University of Missouri Press, 1995).

Hobbies, personal interests and community involvement: Just about everything, unfortunately, to judge by the 2,169 books (wild estimate) I have backlogged to read, half of which I seem to have bought from Amazon while suffering the delusion that I'd actually have time to read them. Besides the standard choices of literature, history, philosophy, etc., I am interested in astronomy, nature and nature writings, hiking, psychology (forlorn hope of self-healing), music, chess, and just staying alive. Related to that final point, I am also inclined to take depressingly undue interest in financial systems, resource consumption, geopolitics, and climate change and environmental issues, all of which subjects are grimmer than any humorist, even a bad one, should have to contemplate and which are sometimes conducive to nocturnal visits to the Jornada del Muerto desert with an electronic hitchhiking thumb and a hopeful look skyward.
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