Monthly Archives: May 2014

“A wife’s like a guinea in gold”: The Commodification of Women in “The Beggar’s Opera”

In The Beggar’s Opera, we find the inversions of many societal norms for comedic effect. As is true of all satires, these purposeful reversals of positions and definitions, while at one moment the cause for hilarity, also serve to expose … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales (Part 2)

Part 1 of this story can be found here. When the child grew old enough to walk on his own, he began wandering into the dell, much to the chagrin of the man and woman in the thatched hut, who … Continue reading

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Inspiration – John Philip Sousa and Honoring Sacrifice

An inventor, a soldier, a gifted musician – John Philip Sousa was all these things and more. His marches have become entwined with many citizens concept of what it means to be an ‘American’, even though they may be unaware … Continue reading

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“Big Fish”: Tall Tales Stretching from the Page to the Silver Screen (Part 2 of 2)

Many of the scenes in the Big Fish script seems long and a bit dry. Luckily, in the world of cinema, editing can make even the simplest scenes exciting, dramatic, and short. While the editing in Big Fish conforms to many of … Continue reading

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The Record

The day Georgie Fisher died was a record breaker, the hottest April afternoon the city had had since the nineties. Her trainer had warned her about overworking her body in this heat, but Georgie ran ten miles a day every … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Banksy’s Art for the People

While I have had the privilege of visiting many big cities and exploring them, I have yet to actually live in one, excepting the few years I spent in Seattle during my undergraduate studies. Perhaps this is why graffiti still … Continue reading

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“Big Fish”: Tall Tales Stretching from the Page to the Silver Screen (Part 1 of 2)

Made in 2003, Big Fish is one of the smaller films from famous (and infamous) director Tim Burton. Based on a novel by the same name, the book made the jump to the silver screen with all the grace of … Continue reading

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Stop

It had been a long drive; it would be even longer before he was done. Dylan scrambled for the napkins spread out over the passenger seat, remnants of a one-handedly consumed burger breakfast. He crumpled one between his fingers and … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Children Will Listen

Someone is on our side – Someone else is not. While we’re seeing our side, maybe we forgot… They are not alone No one is alone –          “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods I thought long and hard … Continue reading

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An Examination of “The Graduate”

“I want to say one word to you. Just one word.” “Yes, sir?” “Are you listening?” “Yes, sir.” “…Plastics.” One of the iconic scenes from the movie that made Dustin Hoffman a star and the name Mrs. Robinson synonymous with … Continue reading

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