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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Series: “The Importance of the Humanities” Post #4: Science vs. the Humanities, Round III

In today’s installment of our ongoing series, The Importance of the Humanities, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker and former literary editor for the New Republic Leon Wieseltier, go head to head against each other. Their article originally appeared in the New Republic and is reproduced here in its entirety. Steven Pinker: In his commentary on my essay “Science is Not your Enemy,” Leon Wieseltier writes, “It is not for science to say whether science belongs in morality and…

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