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Beyond Literary Landscapes—Deconstruction

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

[blue rare]—Getting Lucky

Ah, Lady Luck.  So much of what happens to us in life is reliant upon random chance.  In fact, the caprices of fate begin to play their part from the moment of our conception onward, in the form of the genes we have inherited and the unpredictable ways in which our brains and bodies develop. … Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Literary Criticism: Mikhail Bakhtin

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Behind the Curtain

What’s in behind any belief is what matters most; without addressing origins, any idea falls flat on its keister, philosophically speaking.  Jacques Derrida, in a university lecture during the 1970’s (he’d have been epic in the TED talks era for challenging our preconceptions) succinctly addressed the slippery matter of how to truthfully talk about natural… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Nature as Humans or Humans as Nature?

At AU, the whole world becomes our classroom, in that our lived experiences become fodder to illustrate our essay and exam answers.  Our natural proclivity toward curiosity finds expression in a different way than at a brick-and-mortar university; what once seemed a natural learning environment can even feel a bit foreign when, for whatever reason…. Read more »

[blue rare]—In Praise of Artifice

There is nothing more repugnant to me than whatever is genuine, authentic, and heartfelt.  Give me the artificial and the sham any day of the week.  I’m sure the universe abounds with life forms that are not given to chicanery, deviousness, falsity, and deceit.  Human beings are not amongst them. Let me give you a… Read more »