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Philip Larkin with his Rolleiflex, 1957. Photograph courtesy of Frances Lincoln, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group

SEARCHING FOR CERTAINTY

SEPARATENESS AND THE SELF

PAUL B. DONOVAN


HEDGEHOGS, DEATH AND THE BEAUTY IN THE MUNDANE

HOW LARKIN CUTS SO DEEP

DANIEL SEIFERT


WHAT DO WE OWE ANIMALS?

RAYMOND WACKS


FOUR POEMS FROM OVID’S CREEK

SAM MAGAVERN


TO DEAL WITH INEQUALITY, IT MUST BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD

JON D. WISMAN


EDITH STEIN AND THE STATE

PHILIP NEWMAN LAWTON

 MYTH & TECH

Meiro Koizumi's Prometheus Bound at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

PROMETHEUS: A SYMPOSIUM


The widely acclaimed blockbuster film Oppenheimer opens with this caption: "Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. For this he was chained to a rock and tortured for eternity." The film, based on Oppenheimer's biography American Prometheus, is only the latest popular retelling of the ancient Greek myth. The essays, published in The Montreal Review, are the result of a faculty-student workshop held at Virginia Tech in October 2023 to share research and foster conversation about contemporary uses of the myth of Prometheus.


THE STUBBORN AFTERLIVES OF THE PROMETHEUS MYTH

INTRODUCTION BY BRIAN BRITT


PROMETHEUS

BY LORD BYRON


WORKING ON MODERNITY. HANS BLUMENBERG READS PROMETHEUS

BY DANIEL WEIDNER


OPPENHEIMER AS HERMES, GOD OF THE INFORMATION AGE

BY JANELL WATSON


WHY THE MYTH OF PROMETHEUS HAUNTS TALK OF TECHNOLOGY?

BY LEE VINSEL


FRANKEN-MYTHBUSTERS: MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN EXPOSES THE PATRIARCHAL PROMETHEUS

BY SOPHIA SCARFE


UNBINDING MYTH WITH LITERATURE IN SHELLEY, FLAUBERT, AND DU BOIS

BY BRIAN BRITT


PROMETHEUS REDUX: ALIEN PREQUELS, CREATION MYTH, AND THE ENCHANTMENT OF TECHNOSCIENCE

BY ZHANGE NI


PROMETHEANISM, OBSOLESCENCE, AND THE POLITICS OF CONSPIRACY THEORY

BY SAMUEL BECKENHAUER

  ESSAYS

THE WILD GODS OF BARBARA EHRENREICH AND WILLIAM JAMES

C. FRED ALFORD


HOW TO HAVE A LONG, HAPPY LIFE

STEVE DAVIDSON


THEY SHALL REAP THE WHIRLWIND

ON THE ONGOING ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

STEVE ABRAMS


WHAT DOES TRUTH MEAN? 

SAM MAGAVERN


THE CRUCIAL NEED FOR A LESS MECHANIZED LIFE

JOHN BELL


IS WESTERN CULTURE LOSING ITS MIND? 

STEVE DAVIDSON


WHAT TO EXPECT OF LIFE?

STEVEN G. KELLMAN


ABRAHAM

THE KNIGHT OF REASON

MARK GLOUBERMAN


A MALE BIAS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?

STEPHEN B. MACHNIK


RETURN TO THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN

BRIAN PATRICK BOLGER


COWS AND SHEEP

EFFICIENT RECYCLERS AND MORAL SUBJECTS

JIMMY ALFONSO LICON

  ART & STYLE

Jocelyn Hobbie, Sun Facing, 2022, oil painting, 18 x 18 inches. Image courtesy Fredericks & Freiser, NY

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GREAT PAINTINGS OF WOMEN BY WOMEN RIGHT NOW?

CRAIG MCDANIEL


TWO ZEN INK PAINTINGS OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY

PAUL SCHOLLMEIER


FRANS HALS

DAVID BERRIDGE

  CONVERSATIONS

LIFE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EVOLUTION

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A PHILOSOPHER AND A BIOLOGIST

MIKHAIL EPSTEIN AND EUGENE KOONIN


INTERVIEW WITH RABBI ANSON LAYTNER

MARY LANE POTTER


CREATIVE CONJECTURE

AN (ADDITIONAL) INTERVIEW WITH JEAN-LUC BEAUCHARD

A.T. STOJKOVICH


LEE OSER | AN INTERVIEW

JEFFREY BURNOP

  FICTION & POETRY

Russian Muzhik (1920) by Boris Grigoriev

"SENYA IS COMING"

VALENTIN RASPUTIN


LOOKING BACKWARDS FROM THE YEAR 2123

MARTIN SHUSTER


THE RED BOOK

ANNA-CHRISTINA SCHMIDL


THREE POEMS

STEPHEN HAVEN


FOUR POEMS, FOUR PAINTINGS

ARJEN BOSWIJK AND UKO POST


THREE POEMS

GEORGIA TIFFANY


DAVID WAGONER’S POEMS OF PERFORMANCE

RON MCFARLAND


THE INEXPLICABLE HANDS OF RAVENNA 

ROYAL W.F. RHODES


RESISTANCE 2.0

NEAL DEYOUNG

  BOOKS & REVIEWS

Simone de Beauvoir, Paris, France, 1952. (Gisele Freund/Researchers History/Getty Images)

“WHO SHALL I TAKE AS MY EXAMPLE? WHO SHALL I LEARN FROM?”

NINA BERBEROVA AND SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

IRINA VINOKUROVA


VEILS OF DISTORTION

HOW THE NEWS MEDIA WARPS OUR MINDS

JOHN ZADA


IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH AND YOM KIPPUR IN A GYM

A REVIEW

MICHAEL POSNER


FOR THE POSTHUMOUS GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ NOVEL NOW ON ITS WAY

JOHN CUSSEN


THE GODFATHER OF “SOFT POWER”

FEN OSLER HAMPSON


TWO THEOLOGICAL VIEWS OF POLITICAL ORDER

TSONCHO TSONCHEV


REJUVENATING COMMUNISM

JÉRÔME DOYON


ORDINARY MEN

CHRISTOPHER R. BROWNING

 

 

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