Category Archives: Borges (Jorge Luis)

Don’t Shoot the Truth Tellers

Should we tell the truth if it undermines a social movement? Borges sets up the question, Jonathan Capehart, looking at the Ferguson shooting, provides an answer.

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Krauss’ Book about Imaginary Books

Books that describe imaginary books seem to offer us special portals to magical worlds.

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Should Canadians Root for the Canucks?

One would think Canadians would be rooting for Vancouver over Boston in this year’s NHL finals. But as Canadian author Michael McKinley sees it, “Vancouver isn’t really Canada because you can’t skate outside.” By this rationale, Boston is more Canadian than Vancouver.

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Poetry in the Face of Death

  Because of my concerns over my friend Alan and his cancer, I will spend another week looking at the role that poetry can play as we confront death and dying. Today’s entry describes how poetry made its way into my life following the death of my son Justin, described in last week’s opening entry […]

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