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Through The Looking Glass of Liberal Humanism: ‘The Oval Portriat’ by Poe

Liberal humanism refers to a literary theory, which insists on using techniques like ‘practical criticism’, as given by I. A. Richards. It is a method, which focuses on close study of the text by isolating it from history and context. 629 more words


Why Poe Persists

Edgar Allan Poe is woven into the very fabric of western culture, and even those who have not read him, know of him and what he represents. 341 more words


The Light Shines Brightest in the Dark

My friends are sometimes surprised by the darkness of my writing.  I guess I seem reasonably happy and modestly well-adjusted in person (which seems very strange to me).  524 more words


Short story: Psyche and Pskyscraper by O. Henry, listened to on the Morning Short podcast. Recommended.

Poem: The City in the Sea by… 36 more words

Ray Bradbury Challenge

Wishlist 2016

Those of us with December birthdays know full well about the “slashie” gift. By that, I mean the Birthday slash Winter Holiday gift. Growing up Catholic, I would receive plenty of Birthday/Christmas gifts, all because I had the fortune of being born on the 16th. 696 more words

Philadelphia and Brooklyn: Part 3

On our last day in Philadelphia, we made the attempt to fit in as many museums and sites as we can. We did pretty well. 959 more words