Today's bad poetry is tomorrow's bad politics. --The Rat, who could use your prayers as she takes the GRE tomorrow. … [Read more...]

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LEND ME A SPOON, AND I WILL EAT OF IT MYSELF!: I forget which Elizabethan revenge tragedy that Tickish line is actually from. (Does it matter?) Anyway, apparently someone made a movie of The Revengers Tragedy, and you can get commentary on the movie and the genre here. … [Read more...]

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YOU/SHE: Mandatory Minimum Sentence. This is an Art of Fiction writing exercise (250-word-long sentence), and also an Anthropomorfic (kinda), and really, a 250-word-long cop-out. But I like it and intend to mine it for future use. It's also a kissing cousin of the story that eventually became "A Separated Soul." Clicky clicky. … [Read more...]

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HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS AS OPERA SINGERS. … [Read more...]

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"THE TRAGIC SIDEKICK: SHAKESPEARE AND THE SUBVERSION OF THE HEROIC IDEAL": This is my senior essay from high school. It was really, really important to me at the time; if you knew me as a college freshman (especially if you're the Old Oligarch), you might recognize some of the arguments, preferences, and catchphrases. It's wild to compare this piece to my Crisis magazine article on Christianity and children's fantasy: The implied worldviews are almost opposite. I think a lot of my fiction (and a … [Read more...]

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MERCUTIO: The characters who most perfectly fits the mold of the complex marginal figure both cynical and in his own way honorable is Mercutio, the sidekick whose role Shakespeare complicates with imagination and a sense of his own tragedy. His puns, his mockery of Romeo's tragic-love mopiness, his hotheadedness, and his verbal ingenuity are all marks of the new archetype that Shakespeare was creating. Previous malcontents could not come within miles of his expressive power, because that would … [Read more...]

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FALSTAFF: Sir John Falstaff's story is also shaped by his role as a sidekick to Prince Hal, and in his case his death is not even a precursor of a larger tragedy but in fact a precursor of Hal's triumph. Falstaff shares many other characteristics with Mercutio--and manages to steal Hal's fire even more often than Mercutio stole Romeo's--but adds to them a greater sense of a life lived for the purpose of living, of the satisfaction of the body serving to satisfy the soul. Shakespeare does not … [Read more...]

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