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Jeffrey Wolin Comes Unstuck In Time: Then and Now

Yesterday, The Limestone Post, put up a piece by WFIU’s Yaël Ksander about the collaborative work of photographer Jeff Wolin, and Scott Sanders, a master of the nature essay, called Stone Country. The two return to the work in a new edition with the subtitle: Then and Now. The young professors spent a year and a half documenting Indiana’s legendary …

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The Custom House – Henceforth Be Masterless: D. H. Lawrence on the Idea of America (Extended Cut)

We like to think of the old-fashioned American classics as children’s books. Just childishness, on our part. The old American art-speech contains an alien quality, which belongs to the American continent and to nowhere else. But, of course, so long as we insist on reading the books as children’s tales, we miss all that. That’s a line from the introductory …

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The Custom House – Episode 13: “Henceforth Be Masterless: D. H. Lawrence on the Idea of America”

WE like to think of the old-fashioned American classics as children’s books. Just childishness, on our part. The old American art-speech contains an alien quality, which belongs to the American continent and to nowhere else. But, of course, so long as we insist on reading the books as children’s tales, we miss all that. That’s a line from the introductory …

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The Custom House – Episode 12: The Purse Turned Inside Out: Engendering Personalities in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

On this episode of The Custom House we’ll investigate the erotic entanglements of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to try to find out just who wears the pants in this comedy. In this episode of The Custom House we discuss the way attraction is personal and often independent of social codes and biology. Joined by Linda Charnes, a professor in the English …

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The Custom House – The Purse Turned Inside Out: Engendering Personalities in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Extended Conversation w/Linda Charnes)

On this episode of The Custom House we’ll investigate the erotic entanglements of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to try to find out just who wears the pants in this comedy. In this episode of The Custom House we discuss the way attraction is personal and often independent of social codes and biology. Joined by Linda Charnes, a professor in the English …

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The Custom House – When Between Two Infinities, Go All In: Reading Pascal’s Pensées (Extended Conversation w/ Hall Bjornstad)

In this episode of The Custom House we’re joined by Hall Bjornstad, an assistant professor of French in the French and Italian Department at Indiana University. We’ll be discussing the 17th century religious thinker and mathematical genius Blaise Pascal to see if we can find ways to fail better by reading his collection of fragments titled the Pensées where he …

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The Custom House – Episode 10: “The Ruins of Biblical Hegemony: A Tale Told at Qumran”

On this episode of The Custom House we’ll find out how the multifaceted world of the early Jewish literary imagination has been flattened and relegated to serving only as a signpost pointing toward the Bible. In this episode of The Custom House on WFHB we speak with Eva Mroczek, Assistant Professor in the Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Department at …

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The Custom House – Bringing Down the House: Force and Guile in Milton’s Samson Agonistes (Extended Conversation w/Penelope Anderson)

On this episode of The Custom House we’ll investigate the claims of Milton’s Samson as he argues his holy dispensation as a divine right to be violent and deceitful in marriage as in war. In this episode of The Custom House we turn to 17th century English poet John Milton for an assessment of love and marriage, or perhaps of …

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The Custom House – Episode 9: “Bringing Down the House: Force and Guile in Milton’s Samson Agonistes”

On this episode of The Custom House we’ll investigate the claims of Milton’s Samson as he argues his holy dispensation as a divine right to be violent and deceitful in marriage as in war. In this episode of The Custom House we turn to 17th century English poet John Milton for an assessment of love and marriage, or perhaps of …

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The Custom House – Episode 8: “Who Has the Right to Judge?”

On this episode of The Custom House we’ll use the work of political theorist Hannah Arendt to try to understand how committing heinous crimes against our neighbors can, under the right conditions, simply be considered normal. In this episode of The Custom House we speak with Ben Robinson, associate professor in the German Department at Indiana University, about discretion and …

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