3 Reasons Why Ron Swanson Is a Transcendentalist

Every year about this time in my American Literature classes we get on the topic of transcendentalism, namely the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  This leads us to reading comparative essays by Wendell Berry.  This also invariably causes students who are fans of the NBC hit show Parks and Recreation to draw the conclusionContinue reading “3 Reasons Why Ron Swanson Is a Transcendentalist”

5 Writers Who Rocked the Boat

As a writer there are several things that one can do to gain notoriety.  We can blog continually (like this writer does), tweet constantly, post annoying Facebook threads or simply do what writers have done for centuries and that is write something that upsets the norm.  The truth is that writers, at least some ofContinue reading “5 Writers Who Rocked the Boat”