Monthly Archives: June 2013

What Liberty a Loosened Spirit Brings

Although she didn’t go to church, Emily Dickinson was spiritually uplifted by reading the Bible.

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Fed’s Little Cat Feet, Rafa’s Bullish Force

The Federer and Nadal era may be over. Here they are described in Flaubert, James Patterson, and Carl Sandburg terms.

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Ain’t gonna let the SC turn me ’round

The Supreme Court’s assault on the Voting Rights Act means we may have to break out the old freedom songs again.

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Being Right on Climate Is Not Enough

Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” helps us sort through some of the politics of climate change.

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Obama: A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Climate denialists who attack science have a lot in common with Pope’s dunces.

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College Reunions: Feeling Understood

College reunions won’t necessarily bury you in regret. They can make you feel less alone.

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My Father’s House, Le Château Ivre

My father’s house, not Rimbaud’s drunken boat, seems to launch itself into realms of the imagination.d

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Nature Red in Tooth & Claw? Maybe Not

Carleton’s Ian Barbour turned to Tennyson in seeking to find connections between science and religion.

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Please, Writers–More Complex Narratives

Sports narratives that look only at winning and losing are simplistic and misleading.

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