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The Temptation of Freedom: Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Postscript

Running thematically throughout Shakespeare's The Tempest is the desire for freedom and how this desire might be incorporated into a just and stable political community. Ariel, Caliban, and even Miranda, for instance, all seek in their own ways to be... Continue Reading →

The Tempest of My Heart: Shakespeare and Home Renovations

I am not a patient person. I hate waiting. I hate the wasted time involved in running errands. Relaxing is not a skill I desire nor one which I posses. Patience is no virtue. And whoever said that was a... Continue Reading →

Mastering Freedom: Masters of Sex and American Regime

Last week, the good people, or good person, Joseph Parry, at Rowman and Littlefield asked if I would guest blog for them about a current television series. Here's what I had to say about Showtime's Masters of Sex. (Check out the... Continue Reading →

Our Team: Waiting up for Wakefield

Tonight, The Red Sox begin another play off run. Below is the post I wrote when Tim Wakefield won his 200th game on Sept. 13, 2011. Wakefield is no longer with us, but the Red Sox remain my team, although... Continue Reading →

Dark Horses Of the Soul: Beauty, Plato, and, of course, Christmas

I have a confession.  Last week I went to Home Depot with my partner to get some practical thing like garbage bags, and I had a long moment (20 in fact) with the Christmas lights display.  I had a number... Continue Reading →

Comedy of Justice: James Lee Burke’s “The Jealous Kind”

I have a ridiculous beast of a dog.  Everything about him is kind of ludicrous. For instance, he is really big (132 pounds big) and his body is so long that it takes his butt a while to catch up... Continue Reading →

Follow the Evidence: David Adams Richards and Truth

  If, in a hundred years, someone found this picture, they could probably deduce quite a bit about me.  It seems, for instance, that I have at least two siblings, and am probably the only fair haired child (and thus... Continue Reading →

About Love: David Adams Richards, Infinity and Eternity

  In a terribly sad song, Blake's View, M. Ward speaks about comforting someone who has "lost their one and only." Ward's consolation, that "death is just a door, you'll be reunited on the other side," is sung in such... Continue Reading →

The Sea Was Angry that Day: George Costanza as paraphrased by J.M.W. Turner and M. Ward

In an iconic Seinfeld episode, "The Marine Biologist," George Costanza becomes the unlikely salvation of a whale whose blowhole is obstructed by a golf ball. As George famously says, "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old... Continue Reading →

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