Monthly Archives: January 2020

Eyes Wide Shut to the Obvious

A Stanley Elkin short story describes what we are seeing in Trump’s Senate trial: Republicans refusing to acknowledge what they know actually happened.

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Odysseus’s Emasculation Anxieties

“The Odyssey” is obsessed with a fear of emasculation.

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The GOP, through the Looking Glass

Cartoonist Tom Toles has a very smart Alice-through-the-Looking-Glass take on Trump and the GOP.

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What Do Odysseus’s Monsters Mean?

My explanation for the monsters in “The Odyssey.”

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Kobe’s Farewell Poem

Kobe Bryant’s farewell poem to basketball takes on new meaning in light of his untimely death.

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Nourished by the Mystery

Two Mary Oliver fish poems complement well Christ’s invitation to become “fishers of people.”

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Starbucks Chose Wrong Moby Dick Name

Starbucks took its name from the first mate in “Moby Dick.” The third mate, however, would have been a better fit.

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The Real Face of Patriotism

When William McRaven asked, out of sympathy with John Brennan, that his own security clearance be withdrawn, he behaved like Brecht’s poet in “Burning of the Books.”

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Are Dems Hampered by “Moral Claptrap”?

Wilkie Collins’s villainous Count Fosco will do whatever it takes to win–which puts him in the company of Trump and McConnell’s GOP.

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