In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, A Humanities Classic

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is not only considered a classic in the modern true crime genre but is considered by many to be a defining work. Capote takes the horrible quadruple homicide of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas and draws the reader into its grisly events. From the events leading up to the murders until the execution of the two killers, Capote gives the reader a view of the crime they would…

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History Professor in the Jazz Band: A Humanist Ponders the Arts

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Playing jazz while towering over Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from the 94th floor observation deck in Hancock Center is an experience that is difficult to describe. It’s certainly not an experience I expected to have – until a surprise opening and a chance conversation converted me, a History professor, into a tenor sax player in the Drury University Jazz Ensemble. I dragged the old ax out of the closet, released the dust and…

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Halloween, Women, and Sexy Costumes

With Halloween right around the corner, costume ideas have been on a lot of people’s minds. While there is a plethora of possibilities out there for men, women are boxed into the “sexy” Halloween costume corner. I checked out the Top Costumes category for women and men, on Party City’s website and I was pretty let down by what I found. Of the 50 plus costumes designated “Top Costumes” for women, over half of them fell…

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Review – Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

The Springfield Art Museum is hosting the penultimate stop of an important traveling exhibit “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.” It is rare for Springfield to host a significant exhibit by a major African American artist, so it is well worth the trip to the museum for the show. While Walker’s art is largely concerned with historical subject matter, this does not mean it lacks relevance to contemporary racial controversies. Walker’s art…

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