Various Responses to Margaret Atwood’s “A Voice is a Human Gift”

“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.” – Margaret Atwood    ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Bumper sticker available at the Misophonia support group website: “A voice is a human gift, but silence is a gift from God.” +++++++++++++ Man and woman in … Continue reading Various Responses to Margaret Atwood’s “A Voice is a Human Gift”

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, or How To Get a Genius Grant

Best known for his 1,000+ page post-modern door-stopper Infinite Jest, for which he won a McArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” writer David Foster Wallace is also known for his use (some might say “absuse”) of footnotes. Infinite Jest has 400 footnotes – and it is work of fiction, not a definitive scholarly text about jesters or … Continue reading What I Did On My Summer Vacation, or How To Get a Genius Grant

Curious George Meets the 21st Century

We all grew up with children’s story books that used cute anthropomorphic characters and bright colors to impart cautionary advice or morality tales. One of the most beloved of these characters is Curious George, the mischievous monkey that wreaks havoc with his unbridled curiosity. Penned by H.A. and Margret Rey between 1941 and 1966, the … Continue reading Curious George Meets the 21st Century

40 Foot Buffet Book Club, Month #1, Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public”

We are excited to announce the inaugural month of The 40 Foot Buffet Book Club. This quarter we will be reading seminal texts from three different genres – satire, autobiography/political ideology, and philosophy. First, we’ll start off with an appetizer of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Second, we’ll struggle through Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf. And finally, we’ll do … Continue reading 40 Foot Buffet Book Club, Month #1, Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public”