Le Guin’s Word For World

Background Ursula Le Guin’s novel The Word for World is Forest was published in 1972 and is the 6th book in her Hainish Cycle. The Hainish Cycle consists of a number of science fiction novels and stories by the author. It is set in an alternate future history in the Hainish Universe in which civilizations of human beings on […]

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NaNoWriMo Update

It’s been a week and a half  since NaNoWriMo began! After figuring out what to sacrifice (sleep) I’m still mentally going strong: I do not hate my story yet, I’ve not run out of ideas (in fact, I have too many), and I’ve been to a Chicago write-in or two. Day 2: I went hard […]

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Hay Ibn Yaqzan

In Ibn Tufayl’s philosophical tale Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, the main character Hayy realizes that in order to become his ideal self, he must complete a series of duties. These duties are imitations of assimilation. The journey of the three phases begins with the “inarticulate animal,” which then progresses to the “celestial body,” and then ends […]

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NaNoWriMo ’16

I had been telling myself all summer that I was going to write a novel this November during National Novel Writing Month. I was determined with no real plans – delusional, as usual. My novel was going to be lit. And then October 28th hit. I am a full-time student, teaching assistant, intern working with […]

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Lucretius on Death

In Book Three (lines 38-86) of Lucretius’s Epicurean ode, On the Nature of Things, our author discusses death. The point of this section is to explain the fear of death and its affects to his audience. According to Lucretius, death and the afterlife are feared by all. He states that the soul is not immortal due […]

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