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7 03, 2019

The Tradition in Traditional Masculinity

By |2019-04-04T16:52:40+00:00March 7th, 2019|Arts & Letters, Theory|0 Comments

Pinker points to both the origin and function of a code of conduct that became the Western view of masculinity. ... the biological realities of the male species could be best and most productively served through the attainment and development of specific virtues. 

25 01, 2019

Stoicism & the Destruction of Man

By |2019-03-27T17:50:20+00:00January 25th, 2019|Arts & Letters, Theory|0 Comments

Recently, the American Psychological Association (APA) took aim at “traditional masculinity” by, amongst other things, criticizing “stoicism” as one of its problematic characteristics (APA Guidelines 11). But the essence of stoicism, and our understanding of it, stems from a philosophy that is meant to allow the individual to reach their full potential as a human.

21 12, 2017

The Grand Trumpeter

By |2019-03-29T20:24:22+00:00December 21st, 2017|Arts & Letters, Practice|1 Comment

He came to the United States of America at a time quite different than that of the Catholic Crisis which Dostoevsky had observed in Spain. The prevailing perversion of many Americans was, making use of their democracy as a godly tool, purporting to protect their way of life they viewed as threatened by forces both from without and within by demonizing and pre-judging those forces. The forces being Bad Hombres who immigrate illegally to the country bringing with them crime and drug addiction (not to mention infidels from Muslim nations that want to kill all Americans), and loose laws by tolerant administrations that allowed for morally degenerate groups like homosexuals, transsexuals, and others to claim better or near equal footing in business and government relations.

17 01, 2017

Life is More Binary than Fiction: A Writer Reflects on Political Polarization

By |2019-03-30T05:25:26+00:00January 17th, 2017|Arts & Letters, Practice|0 Comments

We are living in the Fruit Loops vs. Cheerios Political System. Each Fruit Loop represents a position on an issue, and each Cheerio its “opposite.” If you are on Team Fruit Loop, you MUST accept and agree and support all Fruit Loops, likewise with Team Cheerio. This is a binary system. This is bullshit. We would never allow such simple sorting for fictional characters, so why is it being pushed in reality?

4 05, 2016

Silence as Speech: Reading Sor Juana’s Primero Sueño in the Light of her Final Silence

By |2019-03-28T03:50:41+00:00May 4th, 2016|Arts & Letters, Theory|6 Comments

Sor Juana’s silence is difficult to “read,” but it is easy to hear. What can it show us about the way the absence of speech can itself be a mode of participation in public discourse?

9 03, 2016

Varys – His Riddle

By |2019-03-31T04:37:34+00:00March 9th, 2016|Arts & Letters|8 Comments

Varys is key to both the political action of A Song of Ice and Fire and its political wisdom. The core of his political philosophy is encapsulated in a riddle: "In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two...