Perrotta's "The Leftovers": Speculative Fiction and the Human Condition

Nora Durst finds herself at the intersection of something routinely normal for middle-class Americans living in the comfort of suburbia and distinctly otherworldly at the same time in Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers, his newest novel venturing into speculative/ dystopian fiction. Visiting the mall with her sister during the Christmas season, Nora confronts the sudden disappearance […]

7-minute video: redefining "public apathy" to poised but blocked public power

source: Carl Herman, Examiner.com The 7-minute video on the left by Dave Meslin is a useful reframe for a common complaint that people are somehow too selfish, stupid, and/or lazy to engage in our most important political and economic issues. You and I observe that ~95% of human beings are generally cooperative, intelligent when given […]

Everything is for sale!

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: August 22, 2010 Donor Pledges Dollars if Stephens College Workers Lose Pounds By Ilana Kowarski A Stephens College alumna has promised to give her alma mater $1-million, with one weighty condition: Employees of the women’s college in Columbia, Mo., must lose a total of 250 pounds by the stroke […]