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An article in our local newspaper educated me on Friendsgiving, a new celebration by 20-somethings as an excuse to binge drink with friends at a local bar. 256 more words

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The Many Explanations for the Collapse of Communism (1989, #1)

The ancient historian Alexander Demandt has enumerated 210 theories why the Western Roman Empire had fallen that had been proposed in the 1500 years since the Empire’s collapse. 1,699 more words


Pop Beckett: Calling for Submissions

A new edited volume of essays from Ibidem Press, to be published Spring 2019

Whether on a ‘great writers’ poster in an “Irish” pub on an island in the Eastern Mediterranean, or on an Apple advertisement, or on the forearm of a tennis player, the face and words of Beckett are disseminated well beyond the confines of academia, the traditional theatre, or so-called high culture. 558 more words

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Life Lessons From "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"

November of 2017 marks the 44th anniversary of the release of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” I watched it every year during my childhood. These days, in my “adult childhood,” I still make it a point to watch it every November. 788 more words

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The Power of (Impossible) Positivity

It’s time to turn on the “weekend swagger.”

Do people still say the word “swagger” out loud?

The short answer is no. The longer answer features many sources for this term’s cultural collapse, most recently damaged by a middle-aged father in Los Angeles who has the promotional ego of Mt. 75 more words

Feminist Media Studies Checklist: the Young Adult Novel Edition

Gird yourselves for (yet another) rant about my best frenemy, the Young Adult adventure novel. As you may remember from my least popular blog posts… 1,110 more words


Curse Tablets and The Goblet of Fire

We’ve all cursed someone. Thankfully, though, when we curse someone it is usually more of a metaphorical idea— “curse” is a euphemism for “cussing them out” or swearing at them. 834 more words

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