Jon Morris holds a PhD in Translation Studies/Comparative Literature. A disillusioned idealist, his interests include great books, Existential Philosophy, 80s Goth and Post-Punk. He teaches in upstate NY.
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.