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Law On Her Brow

One would guess that “The Portent” is far and away Herman Melville’s most well-known poem (perhaps the only poem of his remembered or read by anyone other than an academic). It opens his book Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), and so opens the “Battle-Pieces” section of the book. This poem is about John […]

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“takers and parasites,” this means you

It is this–more from Matalin than from Romney–that makes me believe the US has “leaders” (oligarchs) entirely capable of a massive “downsizing” of its population.  Who would offer to defend the population of the US against its government/oligarchs?  Who can “correct” the unmatched military power in the world–the one who has proven more than ready […]

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Absentee America

The Big House, you see, still stands, though now the tenants are the absentees. Paul Muldoon in Horse Latitudes   photo credit: Old Ship Church by Kallicrates

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What Is American Education?

Today, though it is certainly by now an “old” debate, our Sunday paper has an “opinion” piece about Common Core State Standards. The Errant has posted before on this (here, and here–the collusion of “divergent” interests) but I want to try to elaborate a bit on what I think are the things that are not […]

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But It Isn’t Freedom

  Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire, And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens, I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots to make earth. […]

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Against the Eye of Self

This is a huge topic in my own mind, and if you read this blog or the previous blog (Nemesis) this is no revelation (ah, damn, a visual term).  I think it is an enormous calamity: we are dominated by the visual sense.  Almost entirely excluding all other senses.  (Robert Harrison, in a recent podcast […]

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Breaching the Sound

Breaching the Sound Born upon speculation only the gamble for the ground Anchored against the past our foundling fathers founder us Pledged to declarations constitutive bodies come unmoored Gauged between self and state owing all to each as purchased Sounding the breach    

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Soulless We Externalize

For Eric…seeking a French story. “But I admit that I am indulging in theoretical considerations of the short story, although happily I can disregard them when I begin to write.  But I am not satisfied that the American form is the better.  The American method at its best is to tell a story which prepares […]

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The Unexceptional, Unsurprising Success of America’s Bully Class

Here is a paragraph from Salon.com’s Andrew O’Hehir on the MPAA’s choice to rate the documentary about school bullying “R” and thus limit and restrict access to the kids who already live worse lives than the movie might “expose them” to.  The MPAA is ridiculous on its face.  Any movie you can think of with […]

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Bury These Nostaligias

Is there a better way to demonstrate the absolute vacuity of America and its “gifts” to the world than the Academy Awards? This morning I read a critique of the telecast on Salon by their movie critic Andrew O’Hehir.  He said it stunk.  This was not a surprise.  When we applaud the “meta” career of […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]