Tag Archives: fall 2012

Son of Mr. Green Jeans: Fatherhood from Allen to Zappa

[an analysis by Skylar Rush] “Son of Mr. Green Jeans, A Meditation on Fathers” is an essay that—through various, and at times random segments concerning numerous different people or situations—elicits the importance of fathers and fatherhood in general. Moore portrays … Continue reading

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Correctness

[an analysis by Sam Bilheimer] Jo Ann Beard’s story, “The Fourth State of Matter,” is a terrifying account of the shooting at the University of Iowa in November of 1991. Surrounding the intense passage depicting the moment Gang Lu opens … Continue reading

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Movement (In a Pastor’s Voice)

[a poem by Allen James] I hear brains frying like fried green tomatoes as we flip through life’s pages, trying We urgently need movement Yes we do. Without movement we’d experience irritability Yes we would. Like a new-born in need … Continue reading

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The Unwanted Chickens

[an analysis by Michaela Tashjian] Mary Clearman Blew’s “The Unwanted Child” opens with the narrator’s discovery that she is pregnant. While the end of the story returns to this discovery and the concerns of the opening scene, the reader does … Continue reading

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No One Can Change the Past

[an analysis by Lydia Moeller] The story “If You Knew Then What I Know Now” by Ryan Van Meter is about a pretend kiss between two boys that held heavy meaning for the young narrator, Meter, who witnessed it. Told … Continue reading

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The Dead Don’t Care

[an analysis by Krystal Davidowitz] An Undertaker attempts to desensitize death. Thomas Lynch opens a door into his world in “The Undertaking.” For years, he has been burying, cremating, selling caskets and urns, and renting out hearses to people who … Continue reading

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The Bite that Tears Everything to Uncertainty

[an analysis by Juan Underbakke]   Joy Williams’ non–fiction piece, “Hawk,” focuses on her relationship with her dog and the moment her dog, Hawk, attacks her. Early on, the narrator tells the reader about the attack that is eventually going … Continue reading

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