Category Archives: Jonathan Swift

Calling the Professional Organization of English Majors

Garrison Keillor likes to poke gentle and oddly generous fun at all sorts of things – dour Lutherans and film noir detectives, in the Adventures of Guy Noir – as he has a fondness for useless and clueless but good … Continue reading

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No Voice for Our Times

Yes, long ago in graduate school it was Eighteen Century British Literature – after college in the late sixties, a time of much national madness, jumping into the Masters and PhD program on the side of Jonathan Swift seemed like … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It was 1726 and a good year to be hanging around London. In April, Isaac Newton told William Stukeley the story of how he developed his theory of gravity – something to do with apples, you see – and as … Continue reading

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