Monthly Archives: November 2012

New York Experiences Chekhov Outbreak

Chekhov’s enduring popularity speaks to our modern sense of being in transition.

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Students Persuaded by “Persuasion”

College students continue to find Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” compelling.

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Autumn’s Subterranean Mysteries

Oliver’s “Fall Song” captures the “rich spiced residues” of autumn.

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Paranoid Postal Service Fantasies

Pynchon’s “Crying of Lot 49” helps us understand rightwingers who want the USPS to fail.

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Good Men Are Hard to Find

Hurricane Sandy bringing us together is like the killer in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” spurring the grandmother’s epiphany.

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I Grasp God’s Garment in the Void

For Denise Levertov, poetry and prayer run on parallel tracks.

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Be of Stout Heart, Gridiron Greats

Notre Dame’s return to football prominence brings to mind ther great programs from the past.

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Lincoln’s Reliance on Literature

Spielberg’s “Lincoln” captures the president’s extensive reliance on literature.

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All Which We Behold Is Full of Blessings

Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” provides us with passage that functions as a Thanksgiving poem.

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