ELSEWHERE: The Doom of the Dome?

In June, I reviewed CBS’s summer series Under the Dome. Following the recent announcement that the show would be extended to a second season, NPR’s Linda Holmes gives some thoughtful insights into the difficulties of creating satisfactory resolutions for long-running American TV programs, along with some interesting contrasts to the British way of doing television. … [Read more...]

The Fish-Eat-Fish World of CBS’s “Under the Dome”

Third fisherman: Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.First fisherman: Why, as men do aland: the great ones eat up the little ones. William Shakespeare, Pericles 2.1.27-29When I'm teaching ancient literature, one of the most frequently repeated patterns I encounter is the love of law and civilization.  Whether it be in a mythical work like Gilgamesh, a legal text like the Law Code of Hammurabi, or a religious text like the Bible itself, one need not look far to find praise of … [Read more...]