Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction

Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton My rating: 3 of 5 stars Strange the books one fails to read. The very fact that you are supposed to have read certain books makes you feel like you have already read them long before you read them, so you do not in fact ever read them. … Continue reading Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction

Why Speech Is Not Violence

Psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett has written an article for the New York Times entitled "When Speech Is Violence." It begins: Imagine that a bully threatens to punch you in the face. A week later, he walks up to you and breaks your nose with his fist. Which is more harmful: the punch or the threat? … Continue reading Why Speech Is Not Violence

How to Cite This Site

Élèves, students, scholars...I am getting traffic to this website from a plagiarism detector! For one thing, you must not plagiarize. Here is how to cite a sample essay from this site in MLA format, if you must: Pistelli, John. "Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine." John Pistelli, 14 May 2017,  https://johnpistelli.com/2017/05/14/louise-erdrich-love-medicine/. Accessed 28 May 2017. For another thing, I … Continue reading How to Cite This Site

Nick Sousanis, Unflattening

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis My rating: 2 of 5 stars The pseudo-poet who writes his thesis in poetry is a pitiful writer (and probably a bad poet). From Dante to Eliot and from Eliot to Sanguineti, when avant-garde poets wanted to talk about their poetry, they wrote in clear prose. —Umberto Eco (qtd. here) This … Continue reading Nick Sousanis, Unflattening