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"What are we teaching when __________?" Part II of "Why can't we just move on? The past is the past."

Last weekend, I took a trip to Montgomery to visit the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library. While at the Civil Rights Memorial, I came across an image that made me think about a lot of the recent posts I have been writing. 1,314 more words

American Literature

26 Days of Jest: Day 25

It is the penultimate day! Pages 907 to 949 today! And there are some interesting conversations afoot. Ooh, that’s a bit Sherlock. What was that quote again? 404 more words

David Foster Wallace

Puritan Background to Hawthorne

As I mentioned in the meeting on Monday, Hawthorne misrepresents Puritanism in “Young Goodman Brown” and The Scarlet Letter.  In fact, Hawthorne depicts Puritans as the opposite of their actual faith and practices. 340 more words

Literary Periods

Book Review: The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese

After a somewhat awkward incident of an acquaintance thinking I’d borrowed his copy of The Tennis Partner almost ten years ago and never returned it, I decided to take it as a sign and actually read the book. 464 more words

Book Reviews

The One Inside

It is helpful to read Patti Smith’s foreword to Sam Shepard’s “The One Inside”. There are autobiographical elements to the novel. The characters, other than the author, are presumably Mr. 125 more words

Book Review

Philip Levin

          If you stand

there long enough the air will thicken
with dusk and dust and exhaust
and finally with

a starless dark. The day will become something… 47 more words

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