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Grad School Diary: Oh the Joys of Literature!

A while back I wrote about my anxiety on the upcoming semester. Part of my worry was that I would be bored out of my senses. What is Grad school if it offers no challenges? I was desiring something new. Something that will get me thinking a little differently, and oh mine did I land in it?! My two classes are extremely challenging. Who would have thought there would be so much seriousness in a Classical Comedy class? I have read Aristophanes Plutus, Plautus Menaechmi and also his Amphitryo, and Terence's The Eunuch. So far my favorite is Plautus Amphityo. I might write a short review on them if it strikes my fancy. On the Mysticism class, my mind has been tinkling. I don't think I have had to pay as much attention to a piece of writing as I have done with Augustine's On Genesis (just the book 12), and Pseudo-Dionysius' Divine Names and Mystical Theology. I find myself re-reading the same pages for the umpteenth time and coming up with the same 'what the h

Broadway Play Review: Talley's Folly

This one took my breath away! Not at first. I thought Danny Burstein as Matt Friedman was going to go on, and on in a soliloquy, then just as I started finding him amusing, there came Sarah Paulson as Sally Talley. And this was when my breath left me. Still within its preview, Talley's Folly, written by Lanford Willson, and Directed by Michael Wilson will officially open on March 5th, and close on May 5th.  It is a two character cast play which proceeds in an old boathouse on the Talley's Farm in Missouri. The stage is a beautiful cool ruin. You may already know the story, as the original play won a Pulitzer Price. I didn't.  I got the tickets very last minute, and hopped-up to the Laura Pels Theater on West 46th street on Valentine's day; trying my best to dodge hand-gripping lovers and ridiculous sized flowers floating through the air in Time Square. It was worth it. What it is about is two people whose oddness make them perfect for each other. However, they bo

Opinion: Don't Let that Change You II

via When I wrote the original " Don't Let that Change You ," I didn't mean to write a sequel. But through a  wonderful comment I realized I had failed expressing my point clearly. This is a new behavior that I am practicing and it's still a bit hard to explain. I am sharing it only because I am finding it significant to my self-growth. So here goes a second attempt. At a certain stage in life it's safe to say we come to know ourselves better and are thus more confident in saying "I like these things" or "I dislike those things." And we may describe ourselves as, "I am always on time." Or perhaps, "ah time! What animal is that?!" We may say we like people "who like the things we like" and "can't stand people who behave in certain ways." Hence we have a better sense of our individuality. Knowing this, we go to places and meet people who come to us with their own sets of habits and ideas

Opinion: Don't Let That Change You

It was a faint little whisper in my head, now it is a bolder chant: 'Don't let that change you.' Change is inevitable. So they say, and I have no reason to argue with them. But it is also unarguably correct that certain changes are good while others are unhealthy. My chant is directed to some of those negative changes. Specifically to those that are indirectly caused by our friends, and love ones. The little negative changes that spring from wounded pride. Here's what I hope is a relatable example. I am sometimes late when I meet up with friends.  Say I do this repeatedly to a particular friend. This friend may get upset, and perhaps stop hanging-out with me, or perhaps they may start showing up late to our meetings, too. If they do start showing up late, then I have caused them to change for the worst. Perhaps this continues for a while, then I start showing up on time but they are unable to get back to showing up on time. I may get frustrated and probably not r