Monthly Archives: March 2014

Inspiration – Henry V and War

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remember’d. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. ~ King Henry V, Henry V Shakespeare’s histories … Continue reading

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The Formula of the Fantastic (Part 1 of 2)

Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author, Daniel Kehlmann worked studiously towards a doctorate in both philosophy and literature. If not for his huge success as a writer, Kehlmann would have finished his doctoral dissertation on “the sublime” in the works … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Dracula is a Villain and He Knows It

Since the beginning of history, mankind has displayed a deep interest in the nature of evil. Evil was first most commonly portrayed as malignant gods, whose wrath and ire was to be avoided at all cost lest one find themselves … Continue reading

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“The Second Greatest Force in the Universe” – Ownership of Property and Personhood in the 19th Century (Part 3 of 3)

In both novels, motherhood is a form of property – whether it is a method of ownership or the way which one can be owned. For Linda in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the birth of her … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Questioning Morality with The Boondock Saints

“And shepherds we shall be. For Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. And we shall flow a river forth to Thee. And teeming with souls … Continue reading

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“The Second Greatest Force in the Universe” – Ownership of Property and Personhood in the 19th Century (Part 2 of 3)

It is clear through various scenes and instances within the novels The Awakening and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl that both Edna and Linda are aware that it is through property that people experience selfhood. The best … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Stealing from the Best of Both Worlds in Firefly

As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I am a huge Joss Whedon fan. Joss Whedon, something of a cult icon in the worlds of fandom and television, is probably now best and most widely known as the director of … Continue reading

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“The Second Greatest Force in the Universe” – Ownership of Property and Personhood in the 19th Century (Part 1 of 3)

Walter Lippmann, the famous American reporter who was among the first people to introduce the concept of the Cold War, once said that “Private property was the original source of freedom.  It still is its main bulwark”. From the earliest … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Growing Up with Motion City Soundtrack

Everyone has those bands that stay with them forever. I’m sure some people much smarter than me have tried to figure out what it is about certain songs heard at certain points in our lives that make them so precious … Continue reading

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Freedom Through Language in The Awakening

Ingrid Bengis, a writer best known for her collection of essays on love, hate, titled Combat in the Erogenous Zone, once said that “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change” (Quotationspage). In her most controversial novel, The … Continue reading

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