Sentenced to death pour encourager les autres

Recently, I have been reading stories from Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinths for my comparative literature class. Actually, I took this comparative literature class largely in order to read Borges. The second story we read was “The Secret Miracle.” It takes place during World War II in Prague, where Jaromir Hladik, a Jewish dramatist is arrested and sentenced to death. But… Continue reading Sentenced to death pour encourager les autres

“Death which is the mother of the universe!”

“Kaddish,” Allen Ginsberg’s 50-page poem published in 1961, holds a special place in my heart. I first heard about the poem when I was 12 or just barely 13, and it was described to me as being about Ginsberg’s mother going insane. Yes, this is the subject, but the poem is really about so much more than… Continue reading “Death which is the mother of the universe!”

Purpose?

This past summer I printed out the meme that appears above this post and hung it on my office wall. Taped to my laptop is a post-it that reads “Note to self: stop wasting time on the internet; you’re going to die.” For years I have considered getting the words “memento mori” (latin for “remember… Continue reading Purpose?