Poetic License


We understand that luminaries of the Great Recession recently gathered for a discreet poetry slam at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. This invitation-only event was intended to serve as an... Continue

An Interview with Robinson Crusoe


Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is set in the last half of the 17th century. An Englishman’s ship runs aground in the Caribbean; all hands are lost, save Robinson. He finds himself on a deserted... Continue

The WonkaBank


You may recall Willy Wonka and his amazing Chocolate Factory as created by Roald Dahl and first personified on screen through Gene Wilder. In the story, five youngsters tour the Chocolate Factory and... Continue

A Better State


In 1762, political philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau published The Social Contract, a concise statement on the relationship between the citizen and the state. Rousseau established his opening... Continue

Un-Slumping Yourself


Before he became Dr. Seuss, Theodor “Ted” Geisel was a political commentator and editorial writer. Then, realizing that his adult target audience was already beyond help and reformation, he... Continue

To Be (Independent)


“Words, words, words,” once said a dispirited Hamlet to a loquacious and perpetually disoriented Polonius in Shakespeare’s eponymous play (Act II, Scene II, Line 192). And though we take some... Continue