Monthly Archives: June 2014

It’s Not Always More Blessed to Give

Trollope, Shaw, and Lawrence can be seen as wrestling with the merits of self sacrifice.

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Reveling in Isaac’s Self Sacrifice

Trollope uses the sacrifice of Isaac to parody Victorian narcissism.

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Bram Stoker’s Cure for Biting

Soccer star Luis Suarez has a problem with biting. Bram Stoker had advice for dealing with biters.

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Ask Jane: Advice for Lovers

“Pride and Prejudice” functions as a perceptive guide in how to develop a soul relationship.

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Paradise Lost (Scott Bates’ Mole Version)

Scott Bates’ animal fable about an epic mole parodies “Paradise Lost” and provides a skeptical look at poetry and religion.

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Monarch Butterflies in Danger

Barbara Kingsolver’s “Flight Behavior” warns of the threat to monarch butterflies.

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Oedipus in Iraq

America’s blindness in instigating the Iraq War, now proving to be an abject failure, resembles that of Oedipus.

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Trollope and a Family Road Trip

A Trollope novel shaped a family trip I took into the past.

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A New Song Comes out of the Fire

A Rumi poem for Ramadan, which begins next Saturday.

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