It takes a long time to publish a book.
I don’t publish anything I haven’t worked over 100 times.
I’ve invented several games for use as teaching tools in my classroom: one of them, a game called ‘Iron Age: Council of the Clans,’ got so popular among my students that they encouraged me to publish it, which I did.
I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.
I love chapbooks. They’re in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems. You can read 19 poems in a way you can’t sit down and read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
I always tell students that writing a poem and publishing it are two quite separate things, and you should write what you have to write, and if you’re afraid it’s going to upset someone, don’t publish it.
I’m working now on a collection of Shakespearean sonnets, about 100 of them, that I may publish if anyone’s interested. My take on life is a little different from the bard’s.
If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.
I worked probably 25 years by myself, just writing and working, not trying to publish much, not giving readings.
If the scholar feels that he must know everything about any topic, he is in trouble – and will not publish with a clear conscience.