Category Archives: Kafka (Franz)

The Brave New World of Twitterature

Depending on your point of view, literature reduced to tweets is either comic or horrifying.

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Lit, an RX for Fanaticism?

Israeli author Amos Oz believes that literature can provide “a partial and limited immunity to fanaticism.”

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Grendel as a Norwegian Christian Fascist

Apparently Anders Breivik was very well read and he mentions George Orwell, Franz Kafka, and Ayn Rand. What I find striking about them on the list is that they all articulate high levels of paranoia.

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Essay Grading and the Great Wall of China

At this time of year, I sometimes wonder why I signed up for this gig. Stacks of ungraded essays are strewn “far and wee” across my study, and only the knowledge that I have completed my student essays in the past assures me that I will make it through this batch. In my hour of […]

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