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The Unified Theory of Ophelia: On Women, Writing, and Mental Illnessby B.N. Harrison
When I was nineteen, I made an astonishing discovery that was going to revolutionize the field of Shakespeare scholarship: Ophelia is the unsung hero of Hamlet. I was so certain that I understood Ophelia better than anyone else who had written about her in the last 400 years that I wrote a purely elective research paper about my theory. It wasn’t for a class; I didn’t even get extra credit. All I got was ten hours of being crammed into a van next to the dean of the Honors College on a trip to Whitewater, Wisconsin, so I could spread the good news about Ophelia to five bored and sleepy strangers during a Sunday morning presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.Read more at The Toast
Why Americans Don't Care About Prison Rape
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
In June of 2012, the New York Times "Room for Debate" feature considered whether or not convicted youth offenders should be treated differently than adult convicts in the penal system. Those in favor of trying some youth offenders in adult courts included a victims' advocate, and an attorney from the conservative Heritage Foundation; those against included an inmate at California's San Quentin prison, and a human rights activist. The victims' advocate and the attorney from the Heritage Foundation talked about extreme cases of violence and the benefits of stern consequences. The inmate and the human rights activist talked about rape.Read More at The Nation
WWII-era history on display at the Jersey City Loew's
by Terrence T. McDonald
When volunteers at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre set out 20 years ago to clean out the mess that had been accumulating for decades under the former movie palace's seats, they found a number of surprises.Read More at NJ.com
Pending Deportation of Korean American Adoptee Highlights Major Loophole in Immigration Law
By his own admission, Adam Thomas Crapser has had a difficult journey; but through it all, he has worked hard to create what he calls a “a semblance of a ‘normal’ life”.
In 1979, Adam arrived in the United States with his older sister as a transnational and transracial Korean American adoptee. Through most of his childhood — and through two placements — Adam was forced to endure unspeakable physical and emotional abuse. In 1991, Adam’s adoptive parents, Thomas Francis Crapser and Dolly-Jean Crapser, were arrested, charged and ultimately plead guilty to multiple counts of child rape, child sex abuse, and child abuse. Adam is a survivor of the Crapsers’ violence.
Adam’s life bears the scars of that torture and what it took to survive; but, Adam has emerged today as a married father of three, with a fourth child due in May. He is, by all accounts, living that “normal” American life.
Yet, that’s not how the federal government sees it. In January of this year, the Department of Homeland Security served Adam with deportation papers. In just one month, Adam will face a hearing regarding deportation to a country he has never known.Read More at Reappropriate
Jimmy Buffett shows were second in line as my most hated shows to work. The Grateful Dead being the first. Hated might be a little strong, I didn’t drink back then, so perhaps that accounts for at least sixty percent of my grumpiness.Read More at The Uncensored Stripper
The Indus Valley Civilisation Mohenjodaro and Harada
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