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
[My response, my story, my fundamental principles, for the record, part 1 of 2] [My response, my story, my fundamental principles, for the record, part 2 of 2] I pay attention to my critics because I value transparency, accountability, and intellectual discussion about challenging issues, especially in the realm of politics because policies directly affect… Read More PUBLIC COMMENT LIVE-Why I Am a Democrat: Response to a Critic Who Calls My Views “Very Unrefined” (a manifesto of sorts)
HOW THE PHILOSOPHY OF ROMANTICISM CAUSED THE RISE OF HITLER, THE NAZIS, WORLD WAR 2 AND THE HOLOCAUST How does one lost and lonely, unsuccessful artist named Adolf Hitler become responsible for the sadistic torture and murder of nearly 11 million other human beings? (Schwartz, n.d.) Moreover, how does the population of a country with a… Read More IDEAS THAT KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the College Media Association (CMA) Spring National College Media Convention in Times Square, where I got to ask CBS’s Scott Pelley a few questions about freedom and bias. The CMA describes itself on its website (http://www.collegemedia.org/site/about.html) as “the preeminent source for education and support for professionals and students… Read More CBS’ SCOTT PELLEY: “I TRULY, DEEPLY, DO NOT CARE”; “MAYBE IT’S A GENTIC DEFECT”