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The Flawed Pronoun/Antecedent Precedent in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We”

Like the majority of dystopian literature composed in the first half of the twentieth century, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We seeks to expose the threats a totalitarian regime poses to individuality and its (not simply personal) benefits, as well as the regime’s flaws in logic regarding productivity and the source of human happiness. By aligning the masses … Continue reading

Is Down Always Out?

When was it decided that happiness is the ultimate goal in life, and that the success of an individual is measured on how often he or she can maintain happiness? Happiness is pleasure, and isn’t — in all other contexts — the pursuit of constant pleasure  considered hedonism? And isn’t the hedonist always depicted as … Continue reading

How To Run At Night

Location: Suburbs Time: Sunday, 11 p.m. Walk down your driveway with the intent of observation. You are sober. You chose a nighttime activity that sharpens your mind rather than erases it. Don’t recede from the world. Watch as it recedes into you. Swing your arms as it funnels into your ears. Pull tight your legs … Continue reading