Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Bloody Flesh Our Only Food

I share a Good Friday poem by T. S. Eliot and a Passover poem by Norman Finkelstein.

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The Origins of Crazy U.S. Work Ethic

New interpretation of “Robinson Crusoe” suggests that maybe Puritans not quite so much to blame for America’s insane work ethic as once thought.

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Battered by a Raging Stormy

Stormy Daniels’s power over Donald Trump brings to mind various literary storms, such as Lear’s and those described by Mary Oliver and H.D.

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Bolton’s Preventive War, Greek Style

Incoming national security advisor John Bolton favors preventive war. Euripides describes an egregious act of prevention in the killing of Hector’s child in “The Trojan Women.”

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Children Leading the Way on Gun Control

The young people helping America rediscover decency concerning guns resemble Mary and Colin in “The Secret Garden.”

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Harry’s Lenten Message: Love over Death

Rowling’s “The Deathly Hallows” can be read as a Lenten meditation.

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In Support of Today’s Anti-NRA Marchers

In support of today’s march against the NRA and in support of sensible gun control, I post a powerful anti-NRA poem by Scott Bates.

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Read Your Children Poetry

A middle school teacher describes how he starts every class with a poem. Also, a note on school shootings, this one at a local high school.

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Dead or Alive? Bureaucracy Decides

A Romanian man, presumed dead and unable to convince the authorities otherwise, recalls Doc Daneeka in “Catch 22.”

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