Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Makes a Coffee House?

A couple of weeks ago, my friend David suggested that we go to a certain coffeehouse called College Grounds (not its real name). David was extremely excited about going to there. He said to me, “you’ll love this place.” I did not. It was not a coffee house.

A coffeehouse welcomes all without qualification, not just one class of clients. Continue reading

Jurassic Park Blog

Mass Media and Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton’s The Lost World was printed in 1995, right at the onset of the age of the internet. Through his character Ian Malcolm, Crichton predicts the effect that the internet will have upon humanity. Continue reading

Why Erotica is not the only frustrating kind of story

If you were to go to Amazon and type in the word DESIRE, you would turn up a pulsating set of fictional books simply focused on erotic connection. However, desire is not merely a special feature of erotic literature, but the selling point of every human story, however mundane or sexually charged it may be. Stories are narratives about characters that possess, live with, struggle, and, in many cases, satisfy their desires. Consequently, stories can prompt our own desires, which can quickly turn into a frustrating experience. Continue reading