Greetings! This afternoon I was compelled to just talk to whoever cared to listen about my thoughts on applying to graduate school, my psychology, literature, poetry, Simon Ortiz, Proust, Dostoevsky, Martha Witt, Walt Whitman, Russia, Trump, childhood and adolescence, et cetera. This is part of my effort to be a more open, and productive blogger… Read More 1/4/19 Stream of Consciousness Video Blog
“There is nothing more seductive for man than the freedom of his conscience, but there is nothing more tormenting either” –The Grand Inquisitor (From Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov 254) “…an attempt to liberate the more heartfelt metaphorical version of religious experience from the literalist dogma of the orthodoxy…” -Ayad Akhtar (From The… Read More Akhtar’s and Dostoevsky’s Examinations of Freedom, Reason and Faith
-My Senior Capstone Essay A 2008 experiment was conducted to gain a sense of the impact that stereotypes surrounding Native Americans have on Native American children. Considered stereotypes “include[ed] the Cleveland Indian mascot, Disney’s Pocahontas, [specific] negative stereotypes [such as] dropout rates, rates of alcohol abuse, and depression rates.” The researchers discovered that “exposure… Read More Personal Essayist and Memoirist Elissa Washuta Combats Stereotypes and Promotes Wellness Via Her Indian Identitity
Ah! I finally completed my undergraduate studies, and all my applications to the graduate schools whose Creative Writing MFA programs resonate with me. I must tell you: the statement of purpose is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do and one of the hardest things about it was that they often limit you to a mere 750-1000 words.
I understand it. They have a lot of writing samples and statements of purpose to read. I respect their time. But one of the most anxiety inducing aspects of the experience is that I believe there is so much more nuance to what I want people to know about my writing and the context behind it.
In this blog I wish to make a few brief remarks on the matter as a way of experiencing a sense of closure. You see, I first enrolled in college in 2004. It took me until 2018 to finish the job. In between, there was a lot of complexity, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic, et cetera.… Read More Some Informal Reflections After Graduating and Completing All My Applications to Creative Writing MFA Programs
“When I see these brave forms of expression, so alive, so profound, I do not say ‘This is well said,’ I say ‘This is well thought’” -Michel de Montaigne, “On Some Verses of Virgil” I call the university my temple, holy place, sanctuary, haven, oasis, paradise, Shangri-La, et cetera… Academia quenches my thirst- a… Read More Academia
Now everything’s a little upside down, as a matter of fact the wheels have stopped What’s good is bad, what’s bad is good -Bob Dylan, “Idiot Wind” “‘Can one be well while suffering morally? Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?’” –Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace This… Read More The 2018 Midterms
Things we do not desire, which I do not prefer to list, do exist in this universe but not in here, where our hands are touching like water touches the surface of the Earth as we float a little, on a black, leather couch and watch a fictional cop and a criminal shooting bullets at… Read More A Romantic Evening