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Duality of Silence

In The World of Silence, Max Picard quotes Goutran de Procius’s Kablina, where he sums up so lucidly the duality of silence, that tension between rapture and fear familiar to anyone that chooses to spend long periods of immersion in silence. 256 more words

20th Century

The mechanical man: The golden age of science fiction

In this first part, I will consider the golden age of science fiction (1938 to 1945) because it constituted a symbolic starting point for American science fiction (SF), a point when the genre reached its maturity and consistency.  1,015 more words

American Literature

'This Morning, This Evening, So Soon' by James Baldwin

This Morning, This Evening, So Soon by James Baldwin, 1960

The magic trick:

Jumping between present, past, and future to reflect the story’s ideas about time and identity… 214 more words


Joan Didion Documentary Reaches Funding Goal Within One Day

In the preface to Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion’s collection of essays from the 1960s, the author speaks to her primary strength as a journalist. 369 more words

Still I Rise - Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise. 291 more words

American Literature

'In Greenwich, There Are Many Gravelled Walks' by Hortense Calisher

In Greenwich, There Are Many Gravelled Walks by Hortense Calisher, 1950

The magic trick:

Separating the story into three distinct, but linked, dramas

What an odd story. 269 more words


Native American Culture and Western Education

One of the many dark stains on the history of the United States is the treatment of Native Americans. Zitkala-Sa provides insight into the assimilation process many endured. 488 more words

American Women Writers