No One Dies for Their Country

by Valleria Ruselli “The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est  Pro patria mori.” — Wilfred Owen drawing upon Horace’s Odes Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills, Forster’s Passage to India, Orwell’s Burmese Days and Paul Scott’s Jewel in the Crown are read in academic circles and viewed by wider audiences courtesy of various media. And other dramatic fare focused on similar unfair settings hasRead More

A Litmus Test for Academia

Co-written by Rachel Olivia O’Connor. Valleria Ruselli and Annapurna Tosca Sriramarcel “And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil  Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.” — Gerard Manley Hopkins Introductory note: Individually, the three of us expect to receive teaching offersRead More

The Tragedy of Nothing

There’s nothing viscerally tragic about living a middle class life in first world countries. The tragedy is a slow unwinding of lost potential happiness where we are subjugated to menial jobs serving employers whom we can never escape – entrapped and coerced into an unwanted life. The American dream has always been a dream for the nothing, but the nothing isRead More