Daily Archives: September 22, 2009

Close Literary Reading 101: Some Terms and Ideas for Thinking about Characters

I thought it might be fun (at least for me) to lay out, in a series of short blog posts, some of the basic terms and ideas that I present to my students when talking about the “close reading” of literary texts. … Continue reading

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Strict Materialism, Intelligent Design, and a Potential Crime Scene (by Way of Analogy)

Barry Arrington is an intelligent design advocate, and he recently offered a detective analogy for thinking about the tensions between strict materialists and intelligent design advocates. His analogy seems pretty sound to me. Imagine a scene where someone is killed … Continue reading

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I Went to a UFO Conference! And I Took Pictures!

This past weekend, a UFO conference came to Burbank, California. It wasn’t far from where I live, so I went. The event was sponsored by Project Camelot, and was held at the Burbank Marriot (by the airport). Here was the event’s poster … Continue reading

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Ants Eat a Gecko. 21 Hours. Time. Lapsed.

“Because I could not stop for death . . .” Emily Dickinson would have written a disturbing poem about this: Do you suppose she would have laughed at the ants carting off the skull? There’s something funny about it somehow, … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: Yikes! I See Lots of Parallels Between God Belief and UFO Belief!

In thinking about UFOs the past few weeks, I’m struck by similarities between UFO belief and God belief. Here are just some of the striking parallels that jump out at me: Like the God question, the UFO question could be solved by … Continue reading

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Google’s Press

According to Anthony Grafton at the New Yorker, Google is in the process of passing yet another milestone in the digitizing and distribution of books: Google announced [on Sept. 17th, 2009] that they would allow On Demand Books to produce paperback … Continue reading

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