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Deciphering the True Essence of a Character

What defines a person? Is a person characterized by his or her innate qualities, or is a person’s character rather established by the external influences upon his or her life? On that note, in The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard, … Continue reading

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Dracula Discussion Question

Throughout Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the narrators constantly remind readers that they are reading a book and are not, instead, immersed into some sort of reality. For instance, on page 263, Dr. Seward recounts the words of Van Helsing as “well … Continue reading

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Seward and Foucault

In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dr. Seward speaks of the ills of others as though they are mathematical equations to be solved. For instance, he remarks that the sharpening of Mina Harker’s teeth would indicate that it is “necessary to take … Continue reading

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The Necessity for Interpretation

In her essay “Against Interpretation” Susan Sontag contemplates the relationship between content and interpretation, stating, “What the overemphasis on the idea of content entails is the perennial, never consummated project of interpretation.” She argues that we as readers have developed … Continue reading

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Marx and Alice: Where did all these rules come from?

“The whole mystery of commodities, all the magic and necromancy that surrounds the products of labour on the basis of commodity production, vanishes therefore as soon as we come to other forms of production.” (169) Marx is not subtle in … Continue reading

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Font Size for Freud and Carroll

Throughout this excerpt from Interpretation of Dreams, Freud analyzes every element of his dream from July 23rd-24th, 1895. He evaluates his description of this specific dream sentence-by-sentence, similar to how one would perform a close reading exercise. Although there are notable … Continue reading

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Freud and Nietzsche

In his work “The Interpretation of Dreams,” Sigmund Freud asserts, “A dream is the fulfillment of a wish” (142). On that note, he describes the ability to have “revenged [himself]” (138), which fulfills a wish, through a dream that he experiences. … Continue reading

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White Trash

Fake leather endures rain and snow ripped and scored by shoe soles or maybe just cracked by cold. Stained imperceptibly by July beer, homeless upon grass trodden into mud.   Location: my backyard in Burleith  

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This congested conurbation

This congested conurbation. People fused to phones — the pests. Never alone. Always alone.   I took this photo and made my observations at the Capitol Reflecting Pool around 3:00 p.m. on January 18, 2017. Nearly every person who passed … Continue reading

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