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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“Stel-lahhhhh!”: Reading A Streetcar Named Desire Today

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My American Literature class just finished our reading of A Streetcar Named Desire. This play was first performed in 1947, and it was produced as a movie in 1951. Whether or not people have read the play or seen a production of it, most will still recognize the famous cry of “Stel-lahhhhh!” that echoes in pop-culture references (Williams 41). Even if Stanley’s plea doesn’t ring any bells, most individuals will recognize the renowned play solely…

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The Power of a Letter in a Digital Age

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A dreary day passed while I went from class to class. I trekked through the rain as it fell out of the sky and bounced off the pavement under my shoes. I journeyed past rows of cars covered in water droplets and over newly formed streams rushing before sidewalks. Closing in on my destination, I climbed up the stairs of my new porch and stepped into the shelter of the house. There I found an…

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