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Karen Russell--"Beeper World" (Harper's, December 2014)

SOUNDTRACK: TOM BROSSEAU-“Will Henry” NPR Lullaby SXSW (March 17, 2015).

From March 17-March 21, the SXSW festival raged on. And my friends at NPR Music were there so I didn’t have to be. 437 more words


Transcending the Veil

Double consciousness, an idea coined and penned by W.E.B. Du Bois, is, “a peculiar sensation.” It is, “this sense of always looking at oneself through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” It is for the American Negro, “two souls, two thoughts, two reconciled strivings, two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” To exist as a black person in America is to face the strife and conflict of this crisis of identity. 784 more words


The Female Professor's Irrational Thinking

For an essay assignment in the Paradise class, my students are reading Rebecca Solnit’s “Thirty-nine Steps Across the Border and Back” from her collection, … 1,023 more words

My Writing And Reflection

Star Trek Influences and meaning in episodes 1

The original series and movies of Star Trek were influential in the course of humanity. Star Trek was the inspiration for medical technology, cell phone technology, science, and morality. 200 more words


Revolution of the Cosmic Order

Its a process

For all that’s grotesque

may vanish in protest

and find itself in the quick sand of delusion.

And all that’s sweet

may be eaten away…

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I’ve just submitted the second of my two politics essays due at the start of this week, and am therefore free until April 27th when my final history essay topics are released! 86 more words


It's still winter here, no matter what anyone says about first days of spring

I was done with today before most people had even hit snooze on their alarms for the first time. Racing season has officially arrived and, with it, freezing mornings spent shivering on the Charles playing Minesweeper with icebergs and 30,000 dollar boats (the cost of losing? 2,256 more words