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Life

In William Blake’s “Infant Joy,” he immediately presents the reader with a new born child who asserts nothing but happiness: “‘I happy am, / Joy is my name.’” (lines 4 – 5). While the child may not have a name, he/she lets the world know of their own internal state of blissfulness. Before being exposed […] Continue reading

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A Fatherless Boy

He abandoned me at my worst. He left me at my best. He was nowhere to be found when I needed him the most. Why? How? Was there any emotion, any pain that traveled through his veins when he walked away? Did he stop at the door, a feeling of regret possibly crossing his mind? […] Continue reading

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Justice

The Declaration of Independence, written to protect and serve the people of the United States while they abided by its laws. It allows for free speech, freedom of press, and the right to protest the government. As is says on page 180 of Little Brother, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the […] Continue reading

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Trying to talk to you–communication in a Super Sad True Love Story

I’ll start by saying: all art is in one way or another about communication. When honestly done, this makes art one of the most special things we as human beings achieve. No other species, as far as I can tell, acts on their imagination as much as us. And literature, writing, whether it be poetry […] Continue reading

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The Hollowness of Happiness

What if there were a machine that could give you any experience in the world, and that could continue to supply you with these self-actualizing experiences for your entire life? You could become a great novelist, have a whirl-wind romance, climb Mount Everest, achieve anything and everything you’ve ever dreamed of. All you have to […] Continue reading

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Powers, Pater, Penman: Generosity and Mindfulness

Richard Powers’s book Generosity, An Enhancement might center its narrative around the seemingly unflappable, amicable Thassa Amzwar, but is the book actually ABOUT her? Killian C. Quigley doesn’t seem to think so; using quotes from Walter Pater’s Studies in the History of the Renaissance and Danny Penman, he argues that the fascination with Thassa is […] Continue reading

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Powers, Pater, Penman: Generosity and Mindfulness

“That isn’t mania,” she told him, even as doubt spread across his face.  It was, in fact, something much weirder.  “That’s what we in the mental health business call peak experience.  And you’re saying she’s like that all the time?” (Powers 93)   Early in Richard Powers’s Generosity: An Enhancement (2009), Thassadit Amzwar is rendered […] Continue reading

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