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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How To Make Tea

How to make tea: (as taught to thirteen-year-old me by my best friend’s Scottish mother) Step 1. Take a bag filled with twigs, leaves, and powder, and put it in a mug. Step 2. Boil water in a kettle on … 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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Covenant Hill (Part 4 of 4)

This piece is dedicated to the lovely and talented Deborah Mitton (@DeborahMitton), author of “Ten for the Devil” Thank you so much, Deborah! 4 I left Ripton the next morning and have never returned. The local government has since claimed my … 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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Covenant Hill (Part 3 of 4)

This piece is dedicated to the lovely and talented Deborah Mitton (@DeborahMitton), author of “Ten for the Devil” Thank you so much, Deborah! 3 I shoved the crusted key into the lock, heedless to the unnatural smoothness with which the decrepit … 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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