Darkness Visible, William Styron (1986)

First appeared as an article in Vanity Fair but later expanded into the best-selling memoir, Darkness Visible.  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of Is come into me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; Yet trouble came. —Job To many of us who knew Abbie Hoffman even … Continue reading Darkness Visible, William Styron (1986)

Charles Whitman’s Suicide Note

Sunday July 31, 1966 6:45pm I don’t quite understand what it is that compels me to type this letter. Perhaps it is to leave some vague reason for the actions I have recently performed. I don’t really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I can’t recall when it started) I have been a … Continue reading Charles Whitman’s Suicide Note

Unveiling the Disguise of Trauma in Waltz with Bashir, Justyna Szczupak

Ari Folman and David Polonsky’s animated documentary film, Waltz with Bashir, recounts the experience of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) men during the First Lebanon War. The focus of the film is the fragmented mind of an IDF veteran who cannot recall any tangible memories about his role in the war, especially the events surrounding the atrocities that took place at the Sabra and Shatila … Continue reading Unveiling the Disguise of Trauma in Waltz with Bashir, Justyna Szczupak

Letters To A Young Contrarian – Christopher Hitchens

My dear X, It is a strange thing, but it remains true that our language contains no proper word for your aspiration. The noble title of “dissident” must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement, and it has been consecrated by many exemplary men and women. “Radical” is a useful and honourable term, but it comes with various … Continue reading Letters To A Young Contrarian – Christopher Hitchens

The Outsider and The Trial

The “Outsider”, written by Albert Camus, and ” The Trial”, written by Franz Kafka, are two books that have been critically acclaimed since the time that they were published. There are critics that claim that ” The Outsider” is a dull book, and is not even a read-worthy book. Other people claim that it shows us how society actually acts upon people who do not … Continue reading The Outsider and The Trial

Conceptualizing critical thinking

Judging by the attention given to critical thinking in educational journals and in the official documents of governing agencies, support for teaching critical thinking at all levels of education is extremely strong in North America and the UK. But, agreement about teaching critical thinking persists only so long as theorists remain at the level of abstract discussion and permit their use of the term to … Continue reading Conceptualizing critical thinking

Things No Amount of Learning Can Teach

Noam Chomsky interviewed by John Gliedman November 1983 QUESTION: Why do you believe that language behaviour critically depends on the existence of a genetically preprogrammed language organ in the brain? CHOMSKY: There’s a lot of linguistic evidence to support this contention. But even in advance of detailed linguistic research, we should expect heredity to play a major role in language because there is really no … Continue reading Things No Amount of Learning Can Teach