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Not without meaning

It should not be a surprise, given the name of this blog, that Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is one of my favorite books. I have never understood why most people find it a difficult read. 2,052 more words


Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild: Hushpuppy's Interpretation of the Universe

Before We Begin

I’ve been meaning to write something new for this site for the last few days. Alas, I have failed.

So, you get this instead. 2,641 more words



My earliest memory is of a girl smaller than I was dying in my mother’s arms. Or at least this must’ve been my earliest memory, because my mother’s arms, which held the dying girl — the daughter of her friend — and my mother’s hands, which prepared the little girl for burial, always brought me the comfort and the maternal smell I associated with death. 39 more words



“Border crisis” may be the noun phrase of the American moment. Not too long ago, I looked at the origin of crisis in a different border battle. 583 more words