Academic Nook Dahl and Magical Reading Themes

Academic Nook: The Epexegetical and Pernicious Dahl by Dr. Joseph Palis

Our Academic Nook post by Dr. Joseph Palis is now up in Behind the Books. Dr. Palis is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Advisor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He also moonlights as a deejay (yes a DJ Professor) at WXYC – Chapel Hill, 89.3 FM @ He’s usually on during Mondays (not certain about the time though).

Among my beloved friends, I would say that Joseph is among the few who has a prodigious memory when it comes to music, film, and books. I can still recall the many times that we have watched foreign/independent films, exchanged poetry, and discussed music and movies together. It brings me great joy to share his thoughts with you all today.

My fellow dreamer.

As we promised, his piece is in keeping with our Everything Dahl and Magical theme. It’s entitled:

The Epexegetical and Pernicious Dahl

Iphigene's creation

Do drop by – we’d love to hear what you think.

When not teaching geography and international studies to college kids, Dr. Joseph Palis collects owls: figurines, key-chains, sock puppets and other materials. He dj’s in a college radio every week and is currently obsessed with early blues and historic recordings. Aside from his love for tiramisu and Southern cuisine, he spends time watching obscure movies and attending loud-music concerts.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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