Sunday October 26th 2014

Recent Articles

The American (2010) – A Cold Story Served Well Like Chilled Caviar

THE AMERICAN is a philosophical exercise on what constitutes “The Reality.” Can we [Read More]

Growing Up with Harold Bloom

Going through my library this weekend, I came across an old copy of Harold Bloom’s [Read More]

Critics in Love

This blog isn’t wont to dole out dating advice.  Thinking upon my own predicament [Read More]

Arts and Letters

The Poetic Voice of Generation Me

Poets from around the world—from Vietnam and the Netherlands and Brazil and Canada, quite different from one another, coming from quite distinct literary traditions—were [Read More]

Movie Review — Shutter Island (2010), a Psychological Thriller Masterpiece

A masterpiece by Martin Scorsese on the level of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio in his usual [Read More]

Science and Technology

The Military and the Meaning of Science

The other day, I read an article in the New York Times regarding the American [Read More]

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TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Thanks to StumbleUpon, the most enjoyable social media/bookmarking site thus far (and the [Read More]

Sunita Williams Runs Boston Marathon in Space

Sunita Williams Runs Boston Marathon in Space

The Independent reports that Sunita Williams, the woman who will soon hold the record for [Read More]

Humanities

Loneliness of Learning

I’m at a seaside resort somewhere in the Aegean. I’ve just visited the Temple of Apollo today. Built 2,700 years ago, the temple was surrounded by stone blocks [Read More]

Narcissus and scholarship revisited

Yesterday, I received a postcard from a friend studying in Rome that had the Italian Renaissance painter Caravaggio’s famous depiction of Narcissus staring at his own [Read More]

Pop Beat

Levi Johnston Not Mature Enough to Marry Bristol Palin

Something tells me Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s loss of the Vice Presidency may have [Read More]

It’s Possible to BE Green Without Looking Green

I get totally depressed when I go shopping and I’ve come to realize lately that I [Read More]

Beware of Mineral Makeup Marketing Myths

Being a girl, the fact that I thoroughly enjoy wearing makeup should not come as a shock. [Read More]

Current Affairs

America’s Real Treasure

America’s Real Treasure

Here is a commencement speech that every American (and every culture vulture, for that matter) should read. In this important speech retired U.S. Justice David Souter defends the U.S. Supreme Court against charges of “activism” and explains why a simple-minded [Read More]

Boundaries and Identity in the Age of Globalization

Boundaries and Identity in the Age of Globalization

Boundaries are a must to preserve identity. Individuals need a boundary. And so do nations, football fans, and lovers. [Read More]

Defending Western Civilization Against “Equality Before the Law” Fetishism

Defending Western Civilization Against “Equality Before the Law” Fetishism

“Democracy is not a suicide pact.” – Amitai Etzioni I’m sick and tired of those bleeding-heart liberals who defend [Read More]

Am I the Only One Who Pays My Taxes?

Am I the Only One Who Pays My Taxes?

I feel like a real schmuck. The sad fact is that the reason I feel like an idiot is because I’m honest. On the day I’m [Read More]