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    Some features of an ethics of tasting, good and bad By William Eaton [I]t is muttered that whenever any government wants to dupe the peasants, it promises the abolition of the wine tax, and as soon as it has duped the peasants, it retains or reintroduces the wine tax. In the wine tax […]

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How scholarly work could be more informative and integrated, and what a challenge this is! By William Eaton {Note: The following text was prepared to be delivered at the 2014 annual conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, the theme of which was “Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future.” It has been revised for […]

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Malignancy in an Imperfect World By Walter Cummins Click here for PDF version.   When the Stanford anthropologist S. Lochlain Jain received a diagnosis of breast cancer in her mid thirties, she did what many educated cancer victims do: she wrote a book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013). In Jain’s […]

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Steps toward a larger, if alien view of what parenting involves By William Eaton   Click here for PDF version (1) Few parents, and only occasionally, allow themselves to think, It is because of me that my child must suffer. Rather we sometimes think of all the many others and other things—rapists, wars, car accidents, bad […]

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Click for PDF. Science B By William Eaton William Eaton is the Executive Editor of Zeteo; his explorations appear almost weekly at Montaigbakhtinian.com. Let us begin gently, with, before theory, anecdote. After playing his violin for a range of non-human creatures, Michel-Paul-Guy de Chabanon, an eighteenth-century musician and philosopher, concluded that spiders are pleased by […]

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Click here for downloadable PDF. Emphasizing Virtue over Victory Why We Should Adopt a Virtue Ethics Approach to Social Change By Jeffrey Allen Nall A graduate of Rollins College’s Master of Liberal Studies program, Jeffrey Allen Nall teaches philosophy at Indian River State College, Florida. Introduction As important as determining what is morally right or […]

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Click here for dowloadable PDF. How Does It Feel To Be The Enemy? An Arab Mother’s Reflections on the Boston Tragedy By Lama Zuhair Khouri   I am writing this essay as I sit on a bus heading back to New York from Boston. It is just few days after the Boston Marathon tragedy and […]

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  Do you know, is the crab soup vegetarian? And of what uses are words if their meanings are bent by their use? And could comic philosophy be our last best hope?   By William Eaton It could be teasing to begin this way, but . . . The last few months I have been […]

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Thoreau: Mourning Turtle Doves An amble from Concord on out By Edward F. Mooney I propose an amble with Thoreau, keeping him usually in sight (not reined in), and letting him be sometimes conjured, rather than the subject of an exclusively scholarly, investigative report. There will be some polemic, a reverie or two, and thoughts […]

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Philip Roth in 1968; Bob Peterson/Time Life Pictures. Image appeared in "Portnoy's Complaint – still shocking at 40," an article in The Guardian "Books blog" by Chris Cox, posted September 7, 2009

Developing a Jewish identity in Philip Roth’s America By Daniel Taub   It is coming out of my ears already, the saga of the suffering Jews! Do me a favor, my people, and stick your suffering heritage up your suffering ass—I happen also to be a human being! — Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint   In […]

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Lana del rey, flowers crown, "Born to Die"

Pop culture, post-feminism and the choices facing young women today By Catherine Vigier   The criticism leveled against pop singer Lana Del Rey on the Internet and in the mainstream press raises a number of questions about young women choosing to conform to the image required of them by the corporate media in order to […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Pop culture, post-feminism and the choices facing young women today By Catherine Vigier   The criticism leveled against pop singer Lana Del Rey on the Internet and in the mainstream press raises a number of questions about young women choosing to conform to the image required of them by the corporate media in order to […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Pop culture, post-feminism and the choices facing young women today By Catherine Vigier   The criticism leveled against pop singer Lana Del Rey on the Internet and in the mainstream press raises a number of questions about young women choosing to conform to the image required of them by the corporate media in order to […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Pop culture, post-feminism and the choices facing young women today By Catherine Vigier   The criticism leveled against pop singer Lana Del Rey on the Internet and in the mainstream press raises a number of questions about young women choosing to conform to the image required of them by the corporate media in order to […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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