Monthly Archives: March 2018

Free Friday: The Word Collector

Jerome collected words. He collected words for all sorts of reasons in Peter H. Reynolds story, The Word Collector. The Word Collector is the perfect piece to bring  attention to language, both in how extraordinary it really is but also how impactful it can be when used with others. From the beginning, words are highlighted […] Continue reading

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Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus

    “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” was a phrase I heard a lot when younger. It was meant to describe how men and women sometimes have such big differences that it is like we come from different planets. I never really thought too much about the expression when I was younger, … Continue reading Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus Continue reading Continue reading

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Gladiators to Gamers: The Evolution (or Lack Thereof) of Spectator Entertainment

Bread and circuses. A phrase coined to describe the appeasement of masses. It first referred to cheap food and entertainment used by Roman emperors to curry favor and rapidly gain influence. The Roman Empire has since fallen but the concept nevertheless remains. Billions of people around the world tune in to radio and TV broadcasts … Continue reading “Gladiators to Gamers: The Evolution (or Lack Thereof) of Spectator Entertainment” Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: Big Cat Little Cat

Big Cat Little Cat, written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper, teaches a lesson of life and moving on through the heartwarming, yet heartbreaking story of two cats. Published in 2017, it received a Caldecott Honor Award for its bold black and white illustrations.   What drew me into this book was the simplicity of the […] Continue reading

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Wisdom and Revolutions

William Blake’s “The Song of Los” is about processes. Blake deviates from Biblical accounts in making Adam and Noah contemporaries in efforts to tether historical moments to reveal patterns of revolutions. But Blake is thinking beyond religion and time. In addition to thinking about Adam and Noah as contemporaries, Blake also includes Brama, “the supreme […] Continue reading

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A Hunger for Revolution

In William Blake’s “The Tyger” from Songs of Innocence and Experience is the essence of opposing energies of anything deemed guiltless.  In further analysing its twin poem “The Lamb,” we see this notion of opposition even more; the moral that is to be taken from having engaged in both texts, is that humanity possesses both […] Continue reading

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Urizen’s Type of Tear

Blake created the characters of Urizen and Los as born rivals and with this, one of the two will triumph. The way “The Song of Los” is set up is similar to a debate. The beginning of “Africa” says, I will sing you a song of Los, the Eternal Prophet: He sung it to four […] Continue reading

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Decolonizing Blake’s Urizen: Film and Formations of the Tiger

by Bradley Dexter Christian William Blake in Europe A Prophecy and The Song of Los is consistently hybridizing animal presence- whether eagles’ wings, snaky thunders, or the lions and “tigers [which] couch upon the prey & suck the ruddy tide,” (Blake 106) subtended by themes and imagery of royal monarchy as it pertains to Blake’s […] Continue reading

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Urizen, The Twice Weeped

Urizen weeps twice in The Song of Los: once near the end of “Africa,” and once at the end of “Asia.” In “Africa,” Urizen weeps for his mission is nearing completion. In “Asia,” Urizen weeps for his mission is nearing failure. In “Africa,” it is said that a new philosophy of the world is approaching. […] Continue reading

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Contemporaries Years Apart

In William Blake’s The Song of Los: Africa, Adam and Noah are an odd combination to put as contemporaries given that Adam is about 8 or so generations away from Adam acording to the bible (Adam father of Seth, Seth father of Enos, Enos father of Kenan, Kenan father of Malalel, Malalel father of Jared, Jared […] Continue reading

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