What Do We Do Now?

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  I’m giving you the opportunity, right now, to stop reading this. If you, like me, have been feeling overwhelmed and possibly bitter with the recent presidential election, and you would prefer not to think about it right now, now is your chance to stop reading. Let me start by saying that at its bare political philosophy, America is a great country, with the possibility of equal opportunity for all, even if this country is…

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Dylan Goes Electric, then Nobel, Or: Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature and I’m Not Sure How to Feel About It

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  On Tuesday, October 11th, American singer/song-writer Bob Dylan was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature. From there it gets extremely complicated. Dylan receiving the award has drawn both criticism and applause from the literary community. The likes of Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Salman Rushdie have all offered their support for the Nobel Committee and its decision. Others, like Rabih Alameddine and the incomparable Jodi Picoult have been more skeptical of the now Nobel…

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No Country for Old Concepts: Hell or High Water

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I grew up watching Westerns. John Wayne was my hero, and Rio Bravo to this day is probably my favorite movie. I had the plastic cap-gun six shooters that, in retrospect, might literally get me shot if I had them today. I loved Westerns not just for the heroes and the villains and the standoffs, but because there was a certain level of self-consciousness you could expect from them. They knew exactly what they were…

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