Tag Archives: Philosophy

Quotations from The Lord of the Rings

I have vague memories of my father reading The Hobbit to us at bedtime, and of my mother doing the same; and it was partly because of my requests to hear that book again and again, I think, that she finally … Continue reading

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In Which I write about good things and heresy

This afternoon I am in the basement puzzling over a laundry conundrum, while my sister has tea and cookies with one of her girl friends upstairs. I’ve got a comfy blanket, a buffalo rug, and baroque guitar music, and The Fellowship … Continue reading

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In Which I do something controversial (quite an oddity for me)

Having finally struggled through to the end of the Harry Potter series, I am, of course, going to write about it. I intended never to waste time reading the books, let alone watching the movies, but a couple of friends … Continue reading

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Long complaint here follows

I will be very glad when the semester’s done. I say that not only because final projects are piling up and everywhere I turn I seem to find more and can’t get rid of any. Earlier this week I had … Continue reading

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How Not to Teach History

My first semester as a college student — I was fifteen and taking college classes at a local tech school through a thing called PSEO, which hardly anybody seems to have heard of even at the schools — I took … Continue reading

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“Right is right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.”

Previously I mentioned having trouble with a certain writing workshop I’m taking this semester. Postmodernism — the idea that everything is subjective, which differs from modernism mainly in that when modernism’s fallacies were pointed out, the Modernists were bothered by … Continue reading

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Vers Libre: poesy set free from the shackles of formal metre

How to Write Modern Poetry Your subject: death. Or at least decay. Disease, depression, and insanity are Good (if you like to call them that) ideas too. To change an old phrase, “While we live, Let us die.” The old … Continue reading

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