by | 03.21.2017
Blanchot (commenting on Priam's supplication of Achilles) says the choice in Homer is violence or speech. In Vergil, in the modern state, our choice is only violence or the silence, whether of Dido or Ajax, imposed upon us by our isolation within the emptiness of our dreams (Milton).
by | 03.15.2017
Putting up with the hectic world of social media is not the sole challenge contemporary authors are facing. We are expected to master performance art and entertain an audience not only through our written work, but also by means of public talks and appearances.
by | 03.13.2017
What is wrong with our current “administrative state” to deserve this new call for deconstruction? Deconstruction entered literary theory in the 1970s as a rigorous tool for self-critique. This, however, is not Bannon’s idea of deconstruction.
by | 03.09.2017
As machines creep ever further into work that requires thinking and judgment, human creativity, interpretation, emotions, and reasoning will become increasingly important. STEM may just lead to its own obsoleteness, and in doing so increases the value of professionals trained in the humanities.
by | 03.02.2017
The HBO series portrays one of the most ancient and divinely powerful posts on the planet as an afflicted man that suffers from the most mundane problems of all: self-doubt and loneliness. We must thank God for that.
by | 02.27.2017
This is a time when we must heed the lessons of the Holocaust, revere the memories of Japanese-Americans, and venerate the integrity of the Judiciary. We must understand patriotism as the relentless defense of civil liberties and as an unyielding resistance to the normalization of discrimination, numbness, cynicism, and detachment.
by | 02.20.2017
Despite its divisive intent, the Muslim Ban has brought people from diverse ethnic, religious, and sexual backgrounds together to reject the hate lying behind this policy.
by | 01.04.2017
Poetry has long been fascinated with describing the dislocating effects of sea travel and still serves as a conceptual refuge for those lost at sea in a contemporary world.