A Moral-less “Down and Out”

George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London takes us out of the 18th and 19th century and catapults us into the ‘modern’ age of the 20th. Just as in Moll Flanders, the story laid out in Down and Out in Paris and London is narrated in the first person, from the point ofContinue reading “A Moral-less “Down and Out””


Moving is hard for writers. I think it’s hard for everyone, of course, but being a writer and moving presents a unique set of problems that I’m not sure everyone else experiences, or at least experiences to the same extent. For example, for one who is keenly aware of the pattern of stories, it’s hardContinue reading “Movement”

Sophocles’ Religion

Sophocles devotion to his Athenian religion is reflected in the play Oedipus the King, illuminating the work’s overall meaning. Examining man’s responsibility for his own moral sanctity and his own sanity, Sophocles at the same time recognizes that in order to fulfill these responsibilities a man must have equal measures of piety and faith inContinue reading “Sophocles’ Religion”

“The Crazy Apollo Business…”

“Apollo 1 patch” by NASA – http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo1/html/s66-36742.html (direct link). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. William Hines’ editorial, End of a Crazy Business, shows little more than Hines complete lack of understanding of what the Apollo space program achieved and who was involved. It reveals the point of view of a closed-minded, earth-bound mindContinue reading ““The Crazy Apollo Business…””

Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 3 of 3)

From the start, the differences between the Lacanian interpretation of the Oedipal Triangle and the one presented by Doyle become evident. Women are placed first in the position of the males in the triangle, not always possessing sight but always possessing power. It is the male characters of Doyle’s story that find themselves more often inContinue reading “Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 3 of 3)”