Monthly Archives: February 2014

Inspiration – The Passion of Gustav Klimt

I first became aware of Gustav Klimt and his work when I was in 10th grade. I had decided to switch my language classes from French, a language I found frankly boring and far more difficult than necessary, to German. … Continue reading

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A Reputation of Deceit: How Moll Flanders Beat the Gossip Game (Part 2 of 2)

However, it wasn’t always clear to Moll Flanders how to build up a good and useful reputation such as this. When her second husband, a thief, flees the country, Moll finds herself entirely at loose ends for perhaps the first … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales

On a cool night in midsummer, while the fireflies danced their ancient dances over the river and a pack of deer, emboldened by the protection of the full moon, grazed in the meadow, a baby was born in the thatched … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Making Connections with 1776

Seeing as how it’s Presidents’ Day tomorrow, it feels only fitting to talk about a show which captures the very beginnings of the United States of America, 1776. 1776 opened on Broadway in spring of 1969 and was well received … Continue reading

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A Reputation of Deceit: How Moll Flanders Beat the Gossip Game (Part 1 of 2)

Literary works of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries tend to depend, in one way or another, on reputation. In works such as Samuel Richardson’s Pamela or Eliza Haywood‘s Fantomina, the issue of good and bad reputation informs the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Did you know that there is not one, but three different saints named Valentine who are officially recognized by the Catholic Church? They were all martyred for different reasons at different times; small wonder there’s so much confusion about what … Continue reading

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Inspiration – The Stories Behind Histories

In his book The Magic Circle of Rudolf II: Alchemy and Astrology in Renaissance Prague, Peter Marshall explores the life and times of one of the Hapsburg family’s most misunderstood members, Rudolf II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from … Continue reading

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Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 2 of 2)

Carrie brings us another important scene in which the closet again figures prominently. Near the end of the film, Carrie kills her mother in self-defense and then, in her grief, destroys the entire house while she dies in the closet … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Looking Beneath the Surface of Casablanca

Casablanca was released at the very end of 1942, right in the middle of the very war it captured on film. It was a year after the first American military offenses had begun in World War II. The ending of … Continue reading

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Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 1 of 2)

Marilyn Ferguson, a founding member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology, observed that “Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? … Your fears are a treasure-house of self-knowledge if you explore them” (Moncur). Horror movies are … Continue reading

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