For the First Time in 24 Years, I Voted: Here’s Why

Some time ago I spent a lot of time “hiding” posts on the various social media forums I use by folks who constantly posted about politics. I was worn out by it and dismayed at the lack of decorum and the poisonous tone of many of those posts. More recently (during the summer), I declared…

Narrative Narcissism: Holden Caulfield and the Art of Self-Preservation

J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most enduring works in all of American Literature and, arguably, one of the most influential. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist and narrator, chronicles his efforts, not so much to understand himself or other people, but to ridicule their “phoniness” and insulate himself from becoming one…

Satan’s Path to Forgiveness in Milton’s Paradise Lost

Misguided in his belief about God and himself and blinded by his need for revenge for perceived wrongs, Satan proclaims that it is “[b]etter to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven” (Book I, 263) and proceeds to continue his battle with God. Though given the opportunity to return to Heaven through the simple act…

Oh, God! He writes poetry (Occasionally) #5 — A Poem For a Job

Today, whilst applying for a job online, I was asked to write an original 40-60 word poem about my current or previous job. This one is 75 words. . .I hope they don’t count off for going over. I hope you enjoy! (No, I was not the model for Heinrich Feuger’s “Prometheus Brings Fire to Mankind”…