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The Dystopian Perfection of Whiplash

We watched Whiplash last night. By all accounts it was an intense experience. Nerve-wracking to say the least. Perhaps triumphant in the end, but I don’t think so. Have you seen it? If not, in brief, a boy (19) who is a drummer and aspiring to be “one of the greats” is at the most […]

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From Foreign Policy to School Systems

Recently I started working in our school system as a “preventionist.”  This is basically an aide position and paid that way.  The job posting required no degree and simply a GED as education level.  Preference would be given, though… All that was indicated otherwise was, “should be able to work closely with a literacy coach.” […]

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Our Whimpering World

Listen, recently we have discovered that the Obama Administration is negotiating in secret with other nations to create a “trade” agreement that will circumvent, override, trump, all other types of “agreements.”  This means any and all laws.  This means the laws you are chained to are not applicable.  The game is over–the corporation and its […]

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The Mind Arrested and Raised Above Desire

Stephen Dedalus on “esthetic stasis” as the “proper, esthetic emotion.”   —Aristotle has not defined pity and terror. I have. I say— Lynch halted and said bluntly: —Stop! I won’t listen! I am sick. I was out last night on a yellow drunk with Horan and Goggins. Stephen went on: —Pity is the feeling which […]

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“Can ponwyi”–The Grace of Gods by Force

In Acholi, a language of the Acholi people of Northern Uganda, “can ponwyi” literally translates as “disaster and poverty teach you.” (Allen, “Postscript: a kind of peace and an exported war,” 283)* This might put one in mind, in the Western tradition of literature, of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon: Zeus sets men on the path of wisdom, […]

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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 […]