On Presentations and Stress

The course that I am taking on Magic and Witchcraft in the Ancient Near East is a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, and since we are at different levels of schooling, we are taking the class in slightly different ways, even though we are all of us studying the same topic. I’m the only…

Book Review: Fever Dream/ Distancia de rescate by Samanta Schweblin (Translated by Megan McDowell)

The best thing about specializing in literature is reading great books for class, and Samanta Schweblin’s Distancia de rescate is no exception. I was delighted to discover that this excellent novel also has an excellent translation -- Fever Dream, translated by Megan McDowell. My review here is unique compared to the others I have done…

On Belief and Reality

Two quotes came to me, from wildly different sources, within a fortnight of one another. The first occurred a few weeks back, when I went to the Boston show of the An Absolutely Remarkable Thing tour. Much to my chagrin, I can’t remember which Vlogbrother said this, but I wrote down in my notebook that…

Bellerophon

On Thursday our topic in Classical Mythology was Bellerophon. Bellerophon was one of the Heroes of Ancient Greek myth, and his story is particularly important because it covers what happens to him after all of his trials are over and he settles down into his life post-heroic deeds. To give you some back story on…