With Good Reason

Archive for December, 2006

Re: Joyce
December 30th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, follows its main character, Leopold Bloom around Dublin during the course of one day. Every June, fans around the world gather for “Bloomsday” to celebrate the works of Joyce. Jolanta Wawrzycka (Radford University) speaks about the life of Joyce, his writings, and her experiences attending “Bloomsday” celebrations. Also: Irish author, poet and broadcaster Theo Dorgan discusses the […]

Healing Through the Psalms
December 23rd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

The experience of pain involves the body, the mind, the spirit and our relationship to community. Kristen Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) discusses how the book of Psalms may be a timeless resource in helping us cope with pain in the modern world. Also: English professor Martha Cook (Longwood University) examines the literature and legacy of John Dos Passos, one of the greatest—and […]

Old World Beat
December 16th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer. Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who has just released […]

What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood
December 9th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

“What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood” is the provocative title of a poem by Tim Seibles (Old Dominion University) who says there should be more grown-up erotic poetry. In his latest collection, Buffalo Head Solos, Seibles writes about sex and race with a certain amount of comfort and familiarity in a culture that is not too […]

Hidden Persuasion
December 2nd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Many companies are now hiring “actors” to strike up conversations with unsuspecting customers in order to convince people to buy their products according to Vince Magnini (Longwood University). This growing use of undercover sales agents along with ‘product placement’ in the movies and television raises ethical and legal questions. Also: We think of the Holidays as a time […]