A shorty premised by China's Foxconn riots in September, 2012.
A brief essay on the Tokugawa Period in Japan, explaining the Pax Edona and its strictures.
A poem concerning stillness after tumult.
Andy Waddington [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Zeena is the most oppressive force in Ethan’s life. Her hypochondria and/or genuine illness drain his finances....
George Henry Durrie [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In modern times, human beings are accustomed to having free will. If they do not like their job, they can quit. If they despise their spouse, they can get...
In the early sixteenth century, Pope Leo X decided that the Basilica in Rome needed renovations. With the help of the Archbishop of Mainz, Albrecht, he devised a scheme to sell indulgences to fund the...
The logical conclusion to a sedentary lifestyle.
An analysis of chauvinism and misogyny in these two great works.
Slaughterhouse-Five is perhaps the quintessential Kurt Vonnegut novel, containing all the characteristics of what has made him somewhat of a cultic icon.
Dean Koontz’ Watchers is such a tale that lingers in the thriller genre yet has at its crux the indefatigable theme of love. It is through their relationships that Travis, Nora, and Einstein find their capacity...
Like many poems, this one is about a girl.
Does morality tell war stories, or do soldiers? Read an analysis of Tim O'Brien's short story "The Things They Carried."
Chinua Achebe’s principle argument against Heart of Darkness is that its author, Joseph Conrad, is blatantly prejudice against Africans, in his words, “a thoroughgoing racist” (p. 301). Achebe begins...
An overview of five of the world's earliest civilizations, focusing on public architecture, burial practices, and leadership.
How do we use the knowledge we acquire through study and experience? Two options are explored in Voltaire's "Candide" and Olaudah Equiano's travel narrative.
A short, dumpy, lumpy middle-aged man, with a bulbous nose and an orb-shaped head trudged aggressively up to Daniel. Daniel was sitting on a bench outside the Find it-Get it-Go convenience store, but he stood up when...
A look at the transition from Roman hegemony to Papal hegemony.
Sybil Andrews, 1931 The New Cable, by Sybil Andrews, is a linocut piece composed of eight male figures towing a large cable down a pyramidal structure. The work is on display at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New...
Cultural encounters can bring about a multitude of positive and negative effects. Where there is confusion there can also be revelation. Sometimes out of confusion comes a fortuitous opportunity. Sometimes out of...
Private Dwayne was nestled in his foxhole clutching his M1 Garand, yawning. He was older than most of the men around him, with a little paunch in his...
The murmuring of rebellion which ultimately cast the Spanish out of South America. Read this to discover the strength and passion of the self-determined.