Imagination and Solitude: A Poem Or Two of Emily Dickinson

One of the most striking things about the poems of Emily Dickinson, as well as her life, is the stunning focus they put on the individual and his or her experience. Whereas poetry of other kinds can express ideas and thoughts on a nationalistic or larger scope, hers were all about the experiences of her…

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On Reading Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, known as the Sage of Concord, stands today as one of the greatest influences in all of our American canon, setting the stage, more than any other, for a delineated map of letters in our country. His influence carries far and wide, and extends loudly into our present day, with any writer…

The Soul of the Invisible Man: A Review of “Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters

Topping the list of favorites from many reaches of the book reviewing universe this year has been "Underground Airlines" by Ben H. Winters. This reviewer read it patiently and casually, much like its narration unfolds its story, but found only the occasional high point in what was overall an over-plotted and minimally well-characterized book, and…