Nicholas Alahverdian and Andre Dubus III – A Meeting of the Minds

Andre Dubus III, Nicholas Alahverdian
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I’ll never forget the first time I met acclaimed novelist, UMass Lowell professor and Guggenheim fellow Andre Dubus III. Following a literary forum, he held court with admirers and fans alike and fortunately I was one amidst the throng that was able to meet him and actually spend some time speaking with him about his writing process. Continue reading Nicholas Alahverdian and Andre Dubus III – A Meeting of the Minds

Poem: Anything Can Happen

By Seamus Heaney
Anything can happen. You know how Jupiter
Will mostly wait for clouds to gather head
Before he hurls the lightning? Well, just now
He galloped his thunder cart and his horses
Across a clear blue sky. It shook the earth
And the clogged underearth, the River Styx,
The winding streams, the Atlantic shore itself.
Anything can happen, the tallest towers
Be overturned, those in high places daunted,
Those overlooked regarded. Stropped-beak Fortune
Swoops, making the air gasp, tearing the crest off one,
Setting it down bleeding on the next.
Ground gives. The heaven’s weight
Lifts up off Atlas like a kettle-lid.
Capstones shift, nothing resettles right.
Telluric ash and fire-spores boil away.

One or Zero: Polarity in the Life of Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath

Existentialists deem the notion of a non-existent god as unsettling and disquieting (Essays in Existentialism 40). Between birth and death, one finds oneself in a constant debate surrounding pre-life and post-life experiences. The implications of finality in experience necessitates a binary conclusion; that is to clearly differentiate good and evil, love and hate, life and death.

It is within life that Sylvia Plath sought death, claiming an interest in occupying the seemingly absent role of deity.  This assertive posture allowed her to think in a deified manner, ultimately perceiving everything as black and white. Plath adopted a binary philosophy in order to stay the curse of death, imagining it as something that could be overcome.

A memorable occasion in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra conveys the story of Zarathustra’s encounter with the tightrope walker (15).  Upon an impromptu taunt, the tightrope walker is deprived of Continue reading One or Zero: Polarity in the Life of Sylvia Plath