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Arts & Society

Moby-Dick and metafiction ethics

November 30, 2010
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There should be a warning on the cover of Moby-Dick. Beware, it should say, reading this will require blood.

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What I Learned in School This Year

November 21, 2010
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Grad school: Don’t go. That is, don’t go–unless you must.

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Joe Weil’s Album: I Hate Life

November 20, 2010
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[Recording: Joe Weil]

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Franco File

November 15, 2010
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If James Franco’s first name had been Ben, it would take very little to convince me that he is, in fact, the 24-hour multimedia reincarnation of the original King of Enterprise and Toil, Benjamin Franklin.

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Sondheim, The Demon Lyricist of Broadway

November 14, 2010
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Sondheim isn’t a man to cloud the expression of his judgments with considerations like politeness or collegial complicity. Were his rivals still alive, they might want to take out a contract on him.

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Translation, Film, and the ESL Student

November 11, 2010
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A new language is a bully. Learning a new language is not really learning a new way to communicate, but a new way to think.

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Memorial Day

November 10, 2010
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White’s poems are mired in a period, but not stiffly so: they breathe, they surf along the pulse of memory and desire.

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To carve a face

November 7, 2010
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Cut triangles with the tip of your knife for eyes, pairs of triangles on each side of each eye. Connect them with thin, arching lines, cutting a curl of wood away, leaving a circle remaining, a mound, a pupil, inside. Practice until you have a whole boards of eyes.

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Empathy, Cultural Dialogue, and Dead White Men

November 4, 2010
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“Bloody hell, no! I want to study dead white men!”

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Election Day Interregnum

November 2, 2010
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Nixon went down to the beach and sat in the sand and waited. The waves came in, the waves went out, and he sat there in his suit and waited.

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Jazz, Workshop, Fake books, & Misremembering

November 2, 2010
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By the shores of gitchee goomy, / Stood the noble Hiawatha / quoting from the other shore: / Only this and nothing more.

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Andrei Tarkovsky and the Visionary Experience

October 31, 2010
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Andrei Tarkovsky made an important film called Andrei Rublev, about a doubting monk, Russia’s greatest iconographer. The film feels very much like Bergman, from whom much of Tarkovsky’s style emerged. Like Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev is a slow-paced journey with monks, holy idiots, existential discourse, and symbolic animals.

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On Gene Tanta’s “Critical Introduction to Unusual Woods.”

October 30, 2010
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Even though both the form and content of Gene Tanta’s work are particular to his Romanian-immigrant experience, he insists that his poetry is accessible to everyone. His poetry, he says, exists both as aesthetic objects and political propaganda. This is absolutely true about all poetry, not just his own. Inevitably, literary criticism will come to see that literature is always both.

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Joe Weil’s Must Have Books (Towards a Different Kind of Workshop, Part II)

October 23, 2010
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Some days in a writing workshop should be like rainy days with a coloring book.

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Is Democracy Incompatible with the Humanities?

October 15, 2010
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Humanities programs aren’t being attacked because the voters are cretinous philistines (though we poets & writers prefer to stroke our own egos in thinking so). The humanities are suffering an identity crisis and are being picked off as the weakest competitors for state funding.

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More Construction Notes

October 14, 2010

Just a few things to notice about the site redesign.

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