Lines I Love: Faulkner

In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you? And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I don't know what I am. I don't know if I am or not. from, As... Continue Reading →


This Summer, Spend Some Time With Your Nose in a Book

Well, here we are at the end of yet another school year! I can hardly believe that there are only three short weeks left when it seems like the first day was just yesterday. I'm so proud of all the things my students have accomplished this year. I've asked them to work very hard, and... Continue Reading →

A Selfless Act of Love: The Critical Nature of Asceticism in “Sir Orfeo”

In his prideful attempt to control the outcome of events that are beyond his control, Orfeo loses the thing which means most to him in the world—his true love. His unwillingness to heed Heurodis’ warnings about the danger and futility of trying to save her from the fairy king leads to his ultimate downfall. Orfeo’s... Continue Reading →

Obedience Unto Absurdity: Griselda’s Failure as a Wife in “The Clerk’s Tale”

The ingredients for a healthy marriage have been at issue as long as the idea of marriage has existed. In “The Clerk’s Tale,” Geoffrey Chaucer challenges readers’ perceptions of the marriage ideal, especially in the context of courtly love. While Griselda is of lower social station than Walter, how far does her obligation to obedience... Continue Reading →

I must confess that most of the books on this list of David Bowie's 100 Favorite Books are books that I'm not familiar with. There's nothing particularly groundbreaking about this post. I just think it's interesting to get inside the mind of people we feel like we know who we don't really know. What better... Continue Reading →

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