Alejandro Jenkins

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A Few Words On Beauty

There's a wonderful "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip where Calvin wakes up in the middle of the night and calls

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In the Cold Light of Reason

Reading Gnter Grass's recent Nobel Lecture I was struck by two things: it's rather disjointed--like it was written in a

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A Fool's Complaint

A Harvard instructor of my acquaintance tells a good anecdote about the contrast between the American and the European educational

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The Queen In Parliament

Today's State Opening of Parliament in the United Kingdom once again showcases that very British taste for traditional formalities. The

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On the Subject of Blasphemy

In Flaubert's last novel, Bouvard and Pecuchet , two middle-aged copyists come into an inheritance and move to the countryside

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The Misanthrope Turns Twenty

In Sylvie and Bruno, one of the lesser-known works by the author of Alice in Wonderland, Bruno tells Sylvie that

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Twilight of the Simpsons

People have remarked that for me conversation is largely an excuse to quote "The Simpsons". Those who make it past

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Rethinking the Meaning of Love

T hese days few ethical tenets go unchallenged by a world increasingly suspicious of absolutes. Yet in contemporary Western culture,

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Transatlanticism

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I Am Not at a Cafe

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Away in Argentina

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Land of Fog