Tag Archives: Existentialism

An Odyssey through Ulysses: Telemachus

Odysseus's son Telemachus gets some archery tips from Athena, who's doing an awesome impersonation of Julie Andrews from Victor Victoria, in her appearance as Mentes/Mentor.

You behold in me, Stephen said with grim displeasure, a horrible example of free thought. (1.25-26) Continue reading An Odyssey through Ulysses: Telemachus

“Woman, I Got the Blues”: Finding Morality in Modern Times

The following is a close reading of a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa (one of my favorite poets) entitled, “Woman, I Got the Blues,” which you can read at http://nathanielturner.com/igotheblues.htm.

As adolescents enter adulthood, many of them start to question the truisms spoon-fed to them from their parents, teachers, ministers, and others in positions of power. Perhaps these inquiries arise following the initial breach of a social taboo, such as engaging in premarital relations with another person, trying drugs or alcohol for the first time, or breaking a minor law without censure. Continue reading “Woman, I Got the Blues”: Finding Morality in Modern Times

The Malaise Inside Me: Thoughts on the Moviegoer

Throughout Percy Walker’s first novel The Moviegoer, narrator Jack “Binx” Bolling spends much of his time engaged in an intense inquest into the contents of his navel. He is a Walter Mitty wiling away his time (and the novel’s pages) with day-dreams, remembrances, and meditations on the mundane, movies, and the malaise. Continue reading The Malaise Inside Me: Thoughts on the Moviegoer