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Poetry turns all things to loveliness: it exalts the beauty of that which is most beautiful, and it adds beauty to that which is most deformed: it marries exultation and horror; grief and pleasure, eternity and change; it subdues to union under its light yoke all irreconcilable things. It transmutes all that it touches, and every form moving within the radiance of its presence is changed by wondrous sympathy to an incarnation of the spirit which it breathes: its secret alchemy turns to potable gold the poisonous waters which flow from death through life; it strips the veil of familiarity from the world, and lays bare the naked and sleeping beauty which is the spirit of its forms. (Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defense of Poetry, 1812)


The life of the mind is not the rotation of a machine through a cycle of fixed phases but the flow of a torrent through its mountain-bed, scattering itself in spray as it plunges over a precipice and pausing in the deep transparency of a rock-pool, to issue again in an ever-new series of adventures. (R. G. Collingwood, Speculum Mentis, 1924)


You must be master and win, or serve and loose, suffer or triumph, be the hammer or the anvil. (J. W. von Goethe, 1789)  


The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of the ruling class. (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, 1848)


The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it. (Karl Marx, 1845)


Reason is the slave of the passions. (David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, 1739)


Never let go of this fiery sadness called desire. (Patti Smith, Radio Ethiopia, 1976)                                    


Unplugging the Digital Classroom     A Critique of Class Evaluations     Science Fiction TV Outline June 2015


Swedish Version of My "How to Write an Essay"     Estonian Version by Karolin Lohmus


How to Write a Good Arts or Social Science Paper My Marking Symbols  My Favourite Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time
My Top Films of 2010

My Top Films of 2009

My Top Films of 2008
My Top Ten Movies of Previous Years My Favourite Albums/Top Canadian Albums My Favourite Graphic Novels of All Time
How to Write a Good Philosophy Paper Courses I Have Taught (not updated) Outlines of Old Courses (discontinued in 2005)

The Medium is the Massage  
Movies Playing in London Hyland Cinema The Internet Movie Database
Zap2it Broadcast TV Listings for London Rotten Tomatoes (film reviews) NHL Home Page
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation British Broadcasting Corporation (radio) Amazon Canada
Grand Comic Book Database Big Comic Book Database (by publisher) Amazon USA

Research Sources, Libraries and University Web Sites 
UWO Library Catalogue London Public Library Wikipedia
UWO Home Page UWO Faculty of Information and Media Studies Google
UWO Registrar's Page TV Dot Com CRAPS (Postmodern Sophistry)
A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names The Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy Famous Sociologists
University Affairs Academic Work  (CAUT Website) Canadian Philosophical Association

My Full-Length Essays (most are unpublished)  
Hunting Elk in the Ruins: Fight Club as Satire of Consumer Capitalism The Post-Ideological Hero: Comic Books go to Hollywood
Commodity Fetishism, Alienation & Authenticity in Ghost World Evil Demons, Saviors and Simulacra in The Matrix
Play Lara Play, Run Lola Run: Comic Book & Video Game Culture The Fate of Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
Buddhists, Existentialists & Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life  A Very Short Introduction to Jean Baudrillard
The University as Feudal State The Rump Parliament of Modern Academic Philosophy


My Books, Articles, and Rants (articles are mostly on academic life, the books on philosophy and sociology)

My Publications (not updated) Structural Idealism (my first book)
Great Power and Great Responsibility (my fifth book) Understanding Society: A Survey of Modern Social Theory (my third book)
The Hero and Star Wars Television Science Fiction: Categories and History
A Society of Pseudo-Communities (CAUT Bulletin, October 2007) Here We Are Now, Entertain Us: Evaluating the Postmodern Student
The Electronic Myth of Sisyphus Will You Have Fries with Your Metaphysics?
A Manifesto of the Twenty-First Century Academic Proletariat Who Watches the Watchmen?
What is Postmodernism? Paradigms of the Global Political Economy
Interview with Ryan Robbins of Sanctuary

Interview with David Blue of Stargate Universe

Interview with Ralph Tedesco of Zenescope Comics Interview with Cindy Martin of Women's Studies
Sheena Rehabilitated   A Short History of Board Gaming (use Explorer)

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