Tag Archives: Wallace Stevens

The Blue Guitar vs. Facebook

Wallace Stevens asserts that art changes “things as they are.” So does Facebook. We need the first to counteract the second when it is taken over by hostile forces.

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Bechdel Uses Lit to Understand Her Life

Alison’s Bechdel time and again turns to literature in her memoir to understand her upbringing.

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To Beauty: A Constant Sacrament of Praise

Wallace Stevens’ “Peter Quince” mingles eroticism with spirituality.

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Gripped by a Mind of Winter

Snow is pounding us for the third time in two weeks and classes once again have been canceled.  Significantly enough, I have been forced once again to postpone Midsummer Night’s Dream.  “Where are the songs of spring?  Ay, where are they?” queries Keats (although he’s asking from the vantage point of autumn, not that of […]

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Unspeakable: A Father’s Suicide

Yesterday independent filmmaker Sally Heckel visited St. Mary’s and showed us her most recent film, Unspeakable.  Sally is most known for Jury of Her Peers, which was an Oscar nominee in the dramatic live-action short category.    As powerful as Jury of Her Peers is, I like Unspeakable even better. The film is about the suicide of her […]

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