Monthly Archives: May 2014

Titanic Struggles, on the Court & at Home

This moving David Rivard poem shows how a moment in basketball can symbolically capture a contentious father-son relationship.

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Books Helped Free Angelou’s Caged Bird

Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday, found strength in the literature of Shakespeare, Poe, Dunbar, and others.

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Benito Cereno on War, Racism

A story of two students who found themselves using “Benito Cereno” to sort through two of the biggest issues that Americans face.

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Haikus Make Econ Less Dismal

Haiku competitions in economics classes can get students engaged in the otherwise dry subject matter.

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Beowulf Blog, 5 Years Old Today

Today is the five-year anniversary of this blog. I can’t quite believe that, in that time, I’ve written close to 1700 posts and probably over a million words. I have never had so much fun writing. I have particularly enjoyed my interactions with readers. Each month during the school year, around 10,000 different individuals visit […]

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He Sleeps Less Cold Than We Who Wake

Wilfred Owen’s “Asleep” looks with sorrow at the death of a comrade.

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A Hermit of the Rocks, Wind & Mist

R. S. Thomas’s powerful poem “Sea-Watching” compares waiting for the Holy Spirit with bird watching.

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Chris Andersen as Queequeg

The Miami Heat’s Chris Andersen is an existentialist enigma that could come straight out of “Moby Dick.”

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Why Christie Aides Targeted Sokolich

Why did Chris Christie aides target Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and close down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge? Voltaire has the answer.

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