On Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

"Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon" -fictional proverb The year was 1948. The New Yorker Magazine was celebrating its 23rd anniversary when it published a disturbing little story called "The Lottery." The story was to cause decades of controversy. At the time, The New Yorker apparently did not distinguish between works of fact or … Continue reading On Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

The Haunting Waters of A River Runs Through It

"In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing" (opening lines). Anyone who has ever gone fly fishing knows it to be a complex art -almost spiritual in nature. Fly fishing forces a man to slow down, find rhythm, and discover patience and harmony with nature. In Norman Maclean's A River … Continue reading The Haunting Waters of A River Runs Through It

The Meaning of Innocence in To Kill A Mockingbird

"'...before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience'" (105). I have always loved To Kill A Mockingbird. It is a gentle and compassionate novel confronting a difficult subject matter -the issue of racism in America. As I … Continue reading The Meaning of Innocence in To Kill A Mockingbird

The Sicilian Expedition: Alcibiades and Nicias in Thucydides’s Peloponnesian War (Books VI-VII)

Thucydides claims the Peloponnesian War is the greatest event or movement in human history, and the most important part of this great war takes place in Books VI-VII: The ill-fated Sicilian Expedition. The Sicilian Expedition represents the turning point in the war. Thucydides begins to explain the expedition by offering a history of the origins … Continue reading The Sicilian Expedition: Alcibiades and Nicias in Thucydides’s Peloponnesian War (Books VI-VII)