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“It was the most genuine, spontaneous, universal moment of the day. It was like watching the ice go out on the river”: Garrison Keillor Describes the Ebullent Crowd Watching the Helicopter Apotheosis of George W. Bush

Watching the inauguration on television, I found myself feeling an enormous wave of relief at seeing George Bush rising by government helicopter, and drifting slowly away, like a balloon cut loose, for the (mercifully) last time. The live crowd appears to have … Continue reading

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World Literature’s First Existentialist Musings: Before Ecclestiastes, Hamlet, Dostoevsky, and Camus, There was The Epic of Gilgamesh

At the start of Part 2 of the Epic of Gilgamesh, when Enkidu and Gilgamesh have now become friends, Enkidu tells Gilgamesh: The father of the gods has given you kingship, such is your destiny, everlasting life is not your destiny. … Continue reading

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Enkidu, the Prophet Amos, Karl Marx, and Barack Obama: What Do the Gilgamesh Epic, the Bible, the Communist Manifesto, and The Audacity of Hope Have in Common?

Toward the end of Book One of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu has moved from a Tarzan-like wild state, living in nature without knowledge of human females, to now living with a woman in a rural setting, among shepherds, where … Continue reading

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