Category Archives: Sartre (Jean Paul)

Leaves Condemned to Be Free

Scott Bates offers this humorous existentialist meditation on falling leaves.

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Fathers & Sons: He Goes His Way, I Mine

Wednesday The talk with my son that I described in Monday’s post reminded me of talks with my own father where I was sure he was wrong. I’ve since concluded that I was not as right as I thought I was and that our disagreements came down to our different life arcs. Our arguments came […]

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When It Comes to Culture, Bet on France

In the wake of the ISIS attacks, France has something to fall back on: its proud literary tradition.

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Elated? Depressed? This Lit’s for You

Lit to caution election night winners and bolster election night losers.

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