Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ancient Mariner as a Halloween Poem

“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” has passages appropriate for Halloween.

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Dickens’ Children Expose Class Unfairness

Charles Dickens’ Sissy Jupe, in her innocence, could teach the GOP something about its insensitivity to the needs of the poor.

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Reactions to Rape Recall “The Lottery”

Maryville residents blaming the victims of a rape recall Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

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Tea Party Racism and Flannery O’Connor

To understand Obama derangement and the government shutdown, Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Artificial Nigger” is a good place to start.

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We All Are Falling

A spiritual poem by Rilke about falling leaves.

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Mississippi Football and Homophobia

When Mississippi football players hurled insults as “The Laramie Project,” educators were presented with a teachable moment.

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