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The Beautiful Pool Is Empty

by Lonely Christopher Poetry and Poetics
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Michael Montlack’s new poem collection Cool Limbo, for starters, looks really cool before it’s even opened.

On My Pedagogical Approach (or something of the sort)

by Joe Weil Academia
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Digress, digress, follow the nose of your longing.

An Open Letter to James Franco

by Eric Kocher Academia
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Being in workshop with you isn’t going to make me famous, nor am I going to end up on Judd Apatow’s speed dial, no matter how good the on-screen chemistry between me and Seth Rogan might be…

The Four Functions and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

by Joe Weil Academia
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As Kafka said: “The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens; doubtless this is so, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for the heavens signify simply: the impossibility of crows.”

Terms, Truth, Sun Sparrows: A Very Important Lesson from My Father

by Joe Weil Academia
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I tell my students that education can do the work of evil: it can make a bunch of aleatory systems with PHDs think they have a right to be superior to the Rocky Weils of this world. They can make a son misunderstand the wisdom of his own father. They stink of torture and snobbery, they are rank with the odor of exclusion and bias, and we call this “truth” or “Dogma” or “terminology.”

Poem of the Week: Ai

by Joe Weil Academia
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[Salomé]

Underground Revisited by Yahia Lababidi: With Introduction by Brian Chappell

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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Abominable Ladies and Gentleman, thank me for coming!

Marriage Counseling for True Minds

by Alfred Corn Academia
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To what extent do the classics belong to our actual, lived experience?

Unstuck with Yahia Lababidi

by Brian Chappell Academia
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Yahia Lababidi remembers late nights in his dorm room at George Washington University, tossing in bed as the voices of Wilde, Rilke and Kafka reverberated around him.

Literary Movements: Insider as Outsider and Token Renegade

by Joe Weil Academia
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When gaining a foothold among the establishment, it is important the so called “outsiders” or mavericks have a figure fully anchored within the establishment who can be “acceptable.”

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: On Piety

by Joe Weil Aesthetics
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In the full complexity of human constructs piety is the rhetoric of conflicting and supposedly coherent values.

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: Some Definitions and a Parable about Chickens

by Joe Weil Academia
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The chickens are purifying their system, purging it of corruption. Meanwhile, the chickens who willfully refuse to answer the bell are seen as impious, as negative, as renegades.

Aesthete and Propagandist: An Interview with Gene Tanta

by Brooks Lampe Aesthetics
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It’s getting later than it’s ever been and the sonnet is nearly over: do you know where your closure is?

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness

by Joe Weil Academia
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The more things same, the more they same the change.
Things change by staying the same.
Things stay the same by changing.

Civil Rights Moonwalk: Michael Jackson, Armond White, and Democracy

by Micah Towery Film and TV
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A focus on the human person allows White to cut right to the heart of cultural issues without getting lost or tossed around in the media firestorms that accompany cultural events.

What I Learned in School This Year

by Brian Chappell Academia
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Grad school: Don’t go. That is, don’t go–unless you must.

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