Category Archives: Essays & Criticism

Popular Culture or Not: Your Choice

by Tatchai Ruangrattanatavorn It is now the 21st century, and we’re living in the Age of Technology. Progress has been very rapid, and within a few decades, many advanced machines and tools have been created, followed by new forms of … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Self-Actualization

by Joshua H. Liberatore As Edna Pontellier swims offshore and enters the cold, numbing waters that swallow her at the end of Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, she recalls a critical conversation she had with her friend Adèle Ratignolle about … Continue reading

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Two Perspectives on “The Great Gatsby”

by Joshua H. Liberatore A Dream Not So Much Deferred as Rescinded Parties and social gatherings are useful devices for illustrating the character and mores of a given social and cultural milieu, which is essential for any novelist who wants … Continue reading

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The Prospects of Renewable Energy in Michigan

by Slawomir Gyrga Michigan lags behind state leadership in deployment of wind energy. The state currently has nearly 130 megawatts (MW) of installed wind energy, but is ranked 22nd in existing capacity. Michigan has the potential to install 7,460 MW, … Continue reading

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Generation O: Obama, Hope, and a New Normal

by Tricia Guest The last thing I wrote on my chalkboard as I left my classroom on Election Day was “Congratulations Senator.” As much as I wanted to think that Barack Obama had the election wrapped up, there had been … Continue reading

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Politics and the Art of Distraction

by Joshua H. Liberatore If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Wag the Dog (1997), or if you’ve never seen it, now is the ideal moment to give it a fresh viewing. Two days before Americans go to the polls in … Continue reading

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Biden vs. Palin: An Exercise in Self-Restraint

by Joshua H. Liberatore The vice-presidential debate of last Thursday evening between veteran Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin served a few simple purposes. First and foremost, it satisfied anxious Republican pundits and campaigners that the PBS-supplied moderator, … Continue reading

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