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The Gayest Thing You've Ever Done

Dear Friends,

Thank you for telling me the story of the gayest thing you’ve ever done. I’m sure it was a memorable college moment of homo-social bonding without any of the drawbacks. 699 more words


U.S. Foreign Policy 1890-1920

The United States was founded on the basic value of independence. And not just independence in the basic sense – aside from autonomy, our founding fathers valued self-reliance and nonalignment. 703 more words


The Force is Strong at this Party

May the 4th Be With You.

No it’s not a typo. May 4th is Star Wars Day. It’s a day when Star Wars fans pepper Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with 1000s of memes of spoofs on Admiral Ackbar’s “It’s a trap!,” pictures of their pets dressed as Yoda and pics of their cosplay homages to their favorite characters. 249 more words


A psychoanalytic criticism of Their Eyes Were Watching God

World-famous psychologist Albert Bandura once proclaimed, “In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.” However, healthy social development goes far beyond these two characteristics. 1,013 more words


Jo Linehan: Our Small Routine

Here is the instruction: six miniature bottles of Pinot Grigio (the kind they serve in pubs) to be lined up side by side, like tiny soldiers. 1,247 more words


"... in squalid and ferocious geometry": Italo Calvino, 'The Road to San Giovanni'

“What had the cinema meant to me in this context? I suppose: distance. It satisfied a need for distance, for an expansion of the boundaries of the real, for seeing immeasurable dimensions open up all around me, abstract as geometric entities, yet concrete too, crammed full of faces and situations and settings which established an (abstract) network of relationships with the world of direct experience.” 1,516 more words


The Truth of Fiction

The Impact of the Resurrection On Writing and Criticism

Anton Chekhov famously said that the purpose of fiction is to tell the truth. All literary theories depend on the definition of truth, on the construction of the all-encompassing system by which the words of the world ought to be measured. 1,656 more words