Maureen Dowd wields Freud, Greek tragedy and Yeats in her analysis of Republican Party’s doomed 2012 bid for White House
Thought-provoking op-ed. Maureen Dowd argues that the Republican 2012 bid for the White House is destined for failure. While dissecting Romney's and Santorum's campaigns, she alludes to Freud and ancient Greek tragedy. And her sentence "The horse has thrown the rider; the dark forces are bubbling" seems to echo these lines from Yeats' "The Second Coming" (especially the first line I'm quoting): “The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, / The blood-dimmed tide is loosed.”
_Happy Birthday, W.E.B. Du Bois. And may your soul be at rest. America and the world as a whole gave you little rest when you were alive. Thank you for your efforts to make sense of it all and for all you did to change the country and the world for the better. You were like Proteus, often changing form, often changing your approach. But your commitment never wavered. Thank you.
_Here’s a provocative, erudite article by critic Guy Patrick Cunningham. With digital media in many ways eclipsing printed text, we now read in fragments, a radical shift. Written works that are broken into fragments, that flout what Cunningham calls “traditional narrative structure” and “single linear” wholeness, capture the tension between how we now read and how we once did. Cunningham breaks it down in his article, "Fragmentary: Writing in a Digital Age."
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