Song: Purple Clouds

As June comes to a close, we are officially underway in summertime raptures. To celebrate, here is the song for the month. I originally considered a tune titled “I Wish It Would Rain”, but given all the storms we’ve had so far this year (at least in my area) that didn’t seem appropriate. So instead, … More Song: Purple Clouds

Growing Through Trials with ‘The Hash Knife Outfit’

A common trope in Western fiction is the tale of the Easterner coming West and passing through a crucible to grow into a better person. That plot point is the crux of Zane Grey’s┬áThe Hash Knife Outfit. In a previous book (which I haven’t read), young Jim comes West to live with his Uncle who … More Growing Through Trials with ‘The Hash Knife Outfit’

Coming to Grips with Colonialism in ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’

Today’s generation is trying hard to make sense of our cultural past. Ideals and actions taken for granted 100 years ago are re-examined in modern times from a different–often negative–perspective. We want to point out the moral failings of previous generations and note all the horrible instances of our collective past. Why is this such … More Coming to Grips with Colonialism in ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’