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If It Looks Like Scholarship…

BY AARON BARLOW Dr. Bruce Gilley, are you trying to pick a fight? You are a professor of Political Science at Portland State University and have penned a disturbing piece, “Was It Good Fortune to b… Source: If It Looks Like Scholarship…

And What a View It Is!

A look at Lewis Raven Wallace’s The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity.  The movement away from journalistic reliance on “objectivity” (I use the quotes for a reason—you will see why below) has come a long way since my first involvement with the issue while writing The Rise of the Blogosphere in … Continue reading And What a View It Is!

Presence: Hope and 21st Century American Academia

I've collected quite a number of my blog posts on higher education into a single volume. It can be purchased through Amazon.com either as a paperback or for Kindle. Get if from CUNY Academic Works or it can be downloaded from Academia.edu. It is free in both cases, and free to distribute. Why get this … Continue reading Presence: Hope and 21st Century American Academia

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The Monster and the Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and America Popular Culture

In 1939, when Mel Brooks was twelve or thirteen in Brooklyn and Gene Wilder was six or seven out in Milwaukee, they probably saw John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln starring Henry Fonda. They were both that kind of boy.  Though sparked by the early life of our sixteenth president, the movie was a fanciful tale; … Continue reading The Monster and the Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and America Popular Culture

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“Of ourselves and of our origins”: Hemingway and Williams in Key West

One of the my favorite poems was inspired by Key West, Florida. It is Wallace Stevens' "The Idea of Order at Key West." It starts: She sang beyond the genius of the sea.   The water never formed to mind or voice,   Like a body wholly body, flutteringIts empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion   Made constant cry, caused … Continue reading “Of ourselves and of our origins”: Hemingway and Williams in Key West

Angkor Before the Khmer Rouge: A Snapshot Essay

Christmas of 1965, while Americans back home were beginning to learn where Saigon was, the Barlow family was preparing to leave Bangkok for a few days in Cambodia, the country separating Thailand from Vietnam where peace was becoming rare. We had come to Southeast Asia six months earlier, to a part of the world we … Continue reading Angkor Before the Khmer Rouge: A Snapshot Essay