The Value of a Sad Story

It seems I have the honor of writing the first blog post for the year from the Humanities House residents. So, to keep things light I’d like to talk about why I enjoy fiction that others might find depressing. The response I usually get from people when I tell them I like “sad stuff” is confusion, because “there is enough sadness in the world already.” Some people I talk to try to avoid gloomy stories…

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The Super Bowl and the Role of Excellence

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As an inspiring thinker, I have an odd tendency to think about topics that are a bit commonplace and try to relate them to deeper matters. Some of you may know this, but I’m a pretty huge fanatic of most professional sports and so naturally, the Super Bowl has plagued my thoughts recently. In many of the conversations I have, people expectedly are rooting for either the Patriots or Seahawks this coming Sunday and while…

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What’s In Your Anything?

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As college students, we are intrinsically compelled to market ourselves. This isn’t to imply we blather about our own achievements above the din of everyone else’s. Rather, we find niches and fill them. We discover and play to our strengths. Drury’s size is intimate enough for us to cross-pollinate, taking knowledge, skills, and individuals from one discipline to another. The way of the world is diversification. We’ve got that down pat. We’re not good at…

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