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            For a little seasonal fun this week, I offer you 7 Classic Christmas Songs Greatly Improved by Reversing the Gender Roles from Stylite.com. I appreciate the choice of words for the title, as they are indeed “greatly improved,” but admittedly still playing heavily into gender stereotypes. Don’t bypass the commentary above […]

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The night started, as so many college nights do, with a red cup pressed into a hand. Ubiquitous at tail gates and parties, those bright plastic cups are a harbinger of carnival, of unleashing. The hand around the cup was mine. So begins New York Times writer Susan Dominus’ chronicle of her own experience with […]

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In May 1895, at the height of his literary career, the Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was arrested and charged with ‘acts of gross indecency with other male persons’. Convicted at the Old Bailey, he became a bankrupt outcast overnight, and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labor. Before he was released […]

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        Last week I attended a lecture at Duke’s Women’s Center on Sexual Assault on College Campuses. It featured Dr. Kimberly Theidon, a former Harvard professor who was recently denied tenure and is suing the institution under the premise that her department did a complete u-turn on her viability for tenure after she […]

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As the European Powers commemorate the Armistice that ended World War One, little attention is paid to those who spoke out against the carnage when it was going on. Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy focuses on the poet and British army officer Siegfried Sassoon, who made a public declaration against the war in July 1917. Sassoon, […]

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    “It puzzles me,” wrote Anonymous, in his introduction, “that we are all bequeathed at birth with the most marvelous bodily pricks and holes, which the youngest child knows are objects of pure delight, but which we must pretend in the name of civilization are abominations–never to be touched, never to be shared, never […]

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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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  An ever fascinating topic for me is that of feminism and social media. When I wrote the draft for this post earlier this week, I found this video, 10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman, buried at the bottom of the BBC website. Three days later it has been lauded and criticized, commented […]

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        Before Pinktober comes to an end, we should all squeeze in a conversation about “Pinkwashing,” the corporate trend of slapping pink ribbons on every variety of product imaginable in the name of breast cancer awareness. It turns out there is no regulation on the pink ribbon (although the Susan G. Komen […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month (which happens to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month…because there are only so many months to divvy out) has brought minimal discussion in my neck of the woods, so I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer at an event hosted by NC State’s Women’s Center in Raleigh this week. “These Hands […]

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As the Southern Editor it would be remiss of me not to mention that yesterday evening U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn struck down North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage, opening up the county offices to begin issuing marriage licenses immediately. North Carolina’s marriage ban was somewhat unique in that it was a product of Amendment […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

As the Southern Editor it would be remiss of me not to mention that yesterday evening U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn struck down North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage, opening up the county offices to begin issuing marriage licenses immediately. North Carolina’s marriage ban was somewhat unique in that it was a product of Amendment […]

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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

As the Southern Editor it would be remiss of me not to mention that yesterday evening U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn struck down North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage, opening up the county offices to begin issuing marriage licenses immediately. North Carolina’s marriage ban was somewhat unique in that it was a product of Amendment […]

Essay

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

As the Southern Editor it would be remiss of me not to mention that yesterday evening U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn struck down North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage, opening up the county offices to begin issuing marriage licenses immediately. North Carolina’s marriage ban was somewhat unique in that it was a product of Amendment […]

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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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