Monthly Archives: December 2017

Left Behind Evangelicals and Jerusalem

Trump’s disastrous Jerusalem decision may well trace back to the “Left Behind” series, which is popular with his diehard Christian base.

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Robert Mueller as a Savior Ent?

The Russian trolls that interfered with the 2016 election resemble the Orcs attacking Helm’s Deep in “Lord of the Rings.” Do we have a version of the Ents in Robert Mueller to save us?

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Like the Crocus Budding through the Snow

Melville’s “Clarel” wrestles with faith and doubt and whether science can be reconciled with religion. In the end, the poet tells us to look to the heart, a good Advent message.

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Studying for Exams, Risks & Rewards

For all those cramming madly for exams, this “Tom Sawyer” episode is for you.

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Derealized or Appareled in Celestial Light?

Wordsworth arrived at the underlying idea of “Intimations of Immortality” from a childhood experience that sounds like what psychology now calls depersonalization-derealization disorder.

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Euripides’s Attack on Authoritarianism

It’s possible to read “The Bacchae” as a critique of the autocrats who hijacked Athenian democracy and were running Athens into the ground.

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Nature Lit Has Healed for Centuries

For years my Intro to Lit class has had a nature theme.

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GOP Tax Plan and the Invisible Man

If the GOP tax plan panders to the wealthiest Americans, maybe it’s because they are like H.G. Wells’s Invisible Man and believe they can act with impunity.

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Margaret Atwood’s Green Christians

Margaret Atwood imagines a cult of green Christians in “Year of the Flood.”

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Why Streetcar Didn’t Impress Women

When “Streetcar Named Desire” was first staged, male reviewers thrilled to the way Stanley dominated Blanche. Reviewer Mary McCarthy was less impressed.

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