• Potpourri
  • The Purgative Role of Human Emotion

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    Literature 101 will always remain one of my favorite classes.  There I became acquainted with Sophocles and Aeschylus: two masters of ancient playwriting.  Their dramas are truly jarring: take Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, for instance.  The well known calamity of Oedipus’ demise stuns — even horrifies — modern and ancient readers alike.  Aeschylus’ Oresteia paints a […]

  • Family Room
  • Let’s Raise the Cost of Sex


    As someone who tends to people-watch, I sometimes unintentionally eavesdrop. I sometimes overhear conversations that are private about serious life situations. One such conversation I overheard recently was about a woman’s sister who was living with her boyfriend in a nice house that they co-owned. The sister has been wanting to marry for a while, […]

  • The Piano Room
  • From Shakespeare to Cinderella: Feminine Virtue in the Films of Kenneth Branagh


    I recently had the great pleasure of watching Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It. In the film, the lively heroine Rosamund wanders through the glowing, magical Forest of Arden after being banished by her evil uncle who has usurped the dukedom from her father. She wanders about disguised as a man—for […]

  • The Study
  • The Unpopularity of Free Thought


      The same, repetitive conversation never fails to pervade the liberal arts major’s life, souring everything from the pastoral haze of the weekly farmer’s market to the occasional sophistication of cocktail parties.  While different characters populate this conversation, their lines are nearly identical.  Even their brows are furrowed in the same befuddled — yet often […]