Inspiration – M*A*S*H and the Ways War Changes Us All

I’ve always enjoyed watching older television shows. The channel TV Land was a favorite with my sister and me, and we could sit for hours watching Barney Miller, Cheers, The Munsters, and many other series from before our time. But one show which I only watched in passing as a child has become much moreContinue reading “Inspiration – M*A*S*H and the Ways War Changes Us All”

“A wife’s like a guinea in gold”: The Commodification of Women in “The Beggar’s Opera”

In The Beggar’s Opera, we find the inversions of many societal norms for comedic effect. As is true of all satires, these purposeful reversals of positions and definitions, while at one moment the cause for hilarity, also serve to expose the dark truths behind institutions and ideas society accepts as natural. One of the institutionsContinue reading ““A wife’s like a guinea in gold”: The Commodification of Women in “The Beggar’s Opera””

Inspiration – John Philip Sousa and Honoring Sacrifice

An inventor, a soldier, a gifted musician – John Philip Sousa was all these things and more. His marches have become entwined with many citizens concept of what it means to be an ‘American’, even though they may be unaware of his name or history. With Memorial Day just around the corner, I felt itContinue reading “Inspiration – John Philip Sousa and Honoring Sacrifice”

Inspiration – “The Long Halloween” and Graphic Literature

Not too long ago librarians would have balked at the idea of putting graphic novels, more commonly referred to as comic books, anywhere in their collection. Graphic novels have been considered time-wasters, subversive, perverse, and downright dangerous for a large part of their history, and until recently have been kept quite separate from what theContinue reading “Inspiration – “The Long Halloween” and Graphic Literature”

Measure for Measure: Delambre, Méchain, and the Meter – The Things that Endure (Part 2 of 2)

More than everything else, however, the expedition undertaken by Delambre and Méchain in the waning years of the 18th century fundamentally changed what it meant to be a scientist. In fact, it encouraged the invention of the term itself and the very idea of a scientist. “In 1792, Jean-Paul Marat had been the first personContinue reading “Measure for Measure: Delambre, Méchain, and the Meter – The Things that Endure (Part 2 of 2)”