Jon Morris holds a PhD in Translation Studies/Comparative Literature. A disillusioned idealist, his interests include great books, Existential Philosophy, Post-Punk and Jazz Noir. He teaches in upstate NY.
Sunday, March 2 2014
Part Shakespearean analysis, part cultural anthropology, part literary criticism and part psychoanalysis, Missing Out is a compendium of insights and musings about our desire to be more than we are.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
In the contest of character, Camus bests Sartre time and time again.
Friday, November 1 2013
To deny the value of literature requires a willful ignorance of almost heroic proportions, and this is a welcome reminder of the role it has played in our lives, and of its indubitable destiny to continue to do so.
Wednesday, September 4 2013
While this does not prove that literature makes all of us better, it does demonstrate how the plays of Shakespeare have made one man better -- and that man happens to be a convicted murderer with no hope for parole.
Wednesday, July 17 2013
In a world without symbolic capital, a world devoid of mythical or religious depth, the notion of transcendence becomes incomprehensible; in its place, we moderns extol transgression.
Tuesday, June 18 2013
Marc Dugain's novella about a soldier wounded in WWI has probably never been more relevant than now.
Friday, June 14 2013
Sometimes the value of a book is far more than the price of the book.
Thursday, June 13 2013
Charles Yu creates a world so strange in 'Sorry. Please. Thank You. Stories.' that it just might be real.