Xanadu Prose

Student Prose


Writer of the Month

 Sallie Tisdale


Essayist and author Sallie Tisdale has been actively writing for nearly four decades. She is a critically-acclaimed reteller of the experiences of women in the modern era through anecdotal as well as analytical writing, and covers topics ranging from feminine development along with sexuality and femininity to evolution, religion and medical innovation.


Tisdale was born on April 15, 1957 in Eureka, California. She earned a nursing degree from Wesleyan University in Middleton, Conneticut in 1983 while concurrently taking active part in the classes offered by the school's English department. She details her first time recieving encouragement to write by a professor in her book Violation: Collected Essays, and how she continued to write fervently after-hours from her medical practice. She published her first book, The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Medical Miracles and Other Disasters, in 1986, detailing the anomalies and dangers encountered in the medical world as she herself did while working as a nurse. Another example of Tisdale's celebrated works is her 1994 book Talk Dirty To Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex, in which Tisdale discusses the importance of sex in everyday society but our unshakeable repression of sexual acceptance. 


They’re all trying themselves on day by day, hour by hour, I know — already making choices that will last too unfairly long. I’m surprised to find, after a few days, how invigorating it all is. I pace and plead for reaction, for ideas, for words, and gradually we all relax a little and we make progress. The boys crouch in their too-small desks, giant feet sticking out, and the girls perch on the edge, alert like little groundhogs listening for the patter of coyote feet. I begin to like them a lot.


Among the girls, in all the dozens and dozens of girls, the preoccupation with marriage and children is almost everything. They are entirely reaction, marked by caution. One after the other writes of falling in love, getting married, having children and giving up — giving up careers, travel, college, sports, private hopes, to save the marriage, take care of the children. The outlines seem to describe with remarkable precision the quietly desperate and disappointed lives many women live today.”
― Sallie Tisdale, Violation: Collected Essays by Sallie Tisdale

okay this is not a good picture I know


One Large Cow

Matthew Crocco


Calculus- so boring. Numbers and limits fly across the board, and for a second I gaze out the window. I see something so odd out of the corner of my eye. A large cow, standing lazily on the turf. From a distance the large animal seems to be chewing some type of grass. The short kid who always wears over-sized shirts screams, “Oh my gosh, what is that cow doing in the middle of the turf!” Suddenly, I am not the only one who sees this extraordinary picture. The cow interrupted our review session. Instead of thinking about discontinuity on the test tomorrow, I will now be thinking of farm animals!