State College, PA - Centre County - Central Pennsylvania - Home of Penn State University

Russell Frank

A collection of Russell Frank's columns from the past 20 years, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town," is available from the Penn State University Press. His columns for Statecollege.com won second place in the Humor category in the 2018 National Society of Newspaper Columnists writing contest. The winning columns: One Day at the Zombie Apocalypse Poultry Auction, Deux Nuits à Paris: A French Farce and A Shaggy Dog Story. Frank is a member of the journalism faculty at Penn State. Before launching his academic career, he worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Welcome to the 21st Century, Old-Timer
Column
Welcome to the 21st Century, Old-Timer
8 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I’m having a Rip Van Winkle moment. This winter, while not abandoning my campus observation post, I am once again participating, in a small way, in the practice of daily journalism and gaining a deeper appreciation of how much the industry has changed. [Read More]
Of Bubbles and Troubles
Column
Of Bubbles and Troubles
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
We who live in Happy Valley are often told that we live in a bubble. The label conveys envy and scorn, in equal measure. And yet it’s overly literal-minded to seize on this or that tragedy as proof that our bubble is a figment. Of course there’s no actual bubble, but it’s undeniable that this [Read More]
Arsenic and Brown Rice
Column
Arsenic and Brown Rice
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
My granddaughter Penelope, 5 months old today, has embarked on one of life’s great adventures: the intake of gummable and eventually chewable food. So far, her adoring parents have tickled her taste buds with pureed sweet potatoes, bananas and avocados. But not rice cereal. [Read More]
It’s the Goo in the Night
Column
It’s the Goo in the Night
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
My left knee woke me up in the middle of the night, wanting to know if we had any Oreos and if I’d ever thought about what a weird word “knee” is. [Read More]
Time to Go Bang My Head Against the Wall
Column
Time to Go Bang My Head Against the Wall
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A week from today begins what I think of as the long slog – the dark time between the holidays and the coming of spring. Here in this cleft of the Allegheny Mountains, under a near-constant cloud cover, we go about in a gray twilight with an ever-intensifying yearning for a first glimpse of snowdr [Read More]
More Light! More Light!
Column
More Light! More Light!
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
As best as I can recall, I stalked and slew my first Christmas tree in 1987. Before that I was a not terribly observant Jewish gentleman who had beheld the rituals of Christmas from afar. [Read More]
California Thanksgiving: Fire and Rain
Column
California Thanksgiving: Fire and Rain
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
We came to California ready to strap on the N-95s we’d bought at a paint store in State College. Everybody out there knows what I’m talking about. N-95s are respirators, the good ones, the kind that would keep us from inhaling gasified car parts and other toxic matter that burned in the Camp Fir [Read More]
The New Abnormal
Column
The New Abnormal
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
With fires, hurricanes, political corruption and gun violence, the only thing new is the increase in frequency and intensity. [Read More]
And This Little Voter Stayed Home
Column
And This Little Voter Stayed Home
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
You’re all planning to vote next Tuesday, right? I ask because, suppression efforts aside, Americans are not the most zealous ballot casters in the world. According to FairVote, about 60 percent of us typically skip a midterm election. As you might expect, there are competing explanations for our [Read More]
Welcome to the 21st Century, Little One! (Oy.)
Column
Welcome to the 21st Century, Little One! (Oy.)
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Newborns don’t do much. Most of their tricks are involuntary. Nevertheless, when the newborn in question is your very own grandchild, especially if she’s your first grandchild, every movement and sound is utterly captivating. [Read More]
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
order food online
Featured Columnists