Monthly Archives: April 2013

Upon the Anniversary of My Son’s Death

Remembering my son’s death brings to mind a beautiful elegy by John Dryden.

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Answer the Door, the Truth Is Knocking

Willa Cather and Lucille Clifton were quoted in our end-of-the-year awards ceremony last week.

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Dare to Be Happy, Dare to Pray

Mary Oliver finds hope even for those weighed down by the thorn of depression.

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Hope Springs Eternal in the NFL Draft

The NFL draft perfectly exemplifies Alexander Pope’s passage about hope.

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Jane Austen, Mistress of Manipulation

A new political science text shows that Jane Austen has a shrewd understanding of game theory.

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Bush’s Legacy: “Setting Aside 9-11…”

Conservative defenses of Bush’s record on counter-terrorism–“setting aside 9-11…” –call for Jane Austen’s exquisite irony.

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Taking a Break from Politics

Sometimes, like Mr. Hardcastle in “She Stoops to Conquer,” one needs a break from the world’s news.

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A Light Exists in Spring

Emily Dickinson captures magical light of spring–and its transience.

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Is Atwood’s Dystopia Coming True?

With the rise in state legislatures passing anti-abortion legislation, Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale” seems more relevant than ever.

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