The fact that Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is taking a month enables me to be at least somewhat topical and talk about monarchy’s relationship to the…
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At first, it seems like a commonplace observation: stories, whether oral or written, do not exist independently, but only in relation to a teller and an…
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When you teach an Introduction to Literature or Introduction to Creative Writing class, your first task is to confront students with a challenging fact…
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Soon it will be Labor Day once again, the day on which we in the United States celebrate the value of labor by not laboring. Occasionally, however, my…
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In 1872, Friedrich Nietzsche, a brilliant young Classicist only 25 years old, published his first book, The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music…
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The end of summer, and another fall convocation, as colleges and universities begin another academic year, and so do I, in my 38th year of teaching, my…
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Perhaps I should have a trigger warning for the youthful members of my audience: this is a newsletter about old age, specifically about continuing to be…
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This is the last of a series of three newsletters on the pleasures of language, a topic intended for summer enjoyment. We have been moving from…
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This is the second part of our discussion of the pleasures of language, in which we move from nonfiction to the language of literature itself, not that…
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I recently decided that we all need a way to enjoy the summer, and there is no finer pleasure than the pleasure of good language. I know that some might…
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Do we really know anything in this life? Sometimes it seems that we leave this world as clueless as when we came into it, that when the final moment…
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I ended The Productions of Time with laughter. Laughter is release of energy, the eruption skyward of what Shelley in Adonais called the burning…
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