The US Represented MUSE-Letter for November 27-December 3, 2016

Habitually Distracted

Sunday, November 27: “Explaining the Unexplainable: Blame It on Aliens” – Gary Walker

stonehenge-aerialAre there any more productive ways to spend the day after Thanksgiving than vegging out to the show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel? Sure, but few of them can be as entertaining as watching these wide-eyed truth-seekers who like to credit extraterrestrials with everything from Stonehenge to Atlantis.

Kevin’s Much Loved Poems

f-stevenson2This continues the series of columns which highlight a much-loved poem and present other poems that speak to, or resonate with, that poem. This week features “What I Learned from My Mother,” by Julia Kasdorf (from Sleeping Preacher, U. Pittsburgh, 1992). A related brief poem is a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson to his mother; the third poem, also brief, is one of Kevin’s.

Boob Tube Junkie” – Jerome Parent – 11-29-2016

teeveeIn the essay “Boob Tube Junkie,” Jerome Parent traces the evolution of his complicated relationship with television.