Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 5

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 5

[by Phillip Coates] The discussion this week began with a review of sorts, of how far we have come with these characters, and how far we still have yet to go. We retraced the footsteps of the murder and subsequent fallout by discussing the discoveries we have experienced as opposed to what we expected to…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 4

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 4

[Phillip Coates] This week’s discussion took an unexpected turn towards the magical coincidence(s) of life. We discussed how often this book relies on seemingly simple coincidence to propel these characters forward in action and thought. A simple walk around Petersburg inevitably leads to irrevocable incidents. This topic led us to a lengthy debate between the…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 3

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 3

[by Phillip Coates] Our discussion this week began with an interesting comparison between author and character. In a biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky it is mentioned that while writing Crime and Punishment he would often be heard pacing and muttering about murder, not unlike our lead protagonist. Another similarity could be made when it is revealed…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 2

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 2

[by Phillip Coates] As week two of our discussion rolled around, our group dove headlong into several new developments and revelations within part two of the novel. After part one, what we were left with was the aftermath of the crime. One question that was raised is, will this be the only crime? Also on…

Delve Seminar Summaries: The Signature Style of Chris Ware

Delve Seminar Summaries: The Signature Style of Chris Ware

[By Vandoren Wheeler] When I first read Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, I was both delighted and perplexed. I had grown up in an era that encouraged jokes about books with pictures being for those who found real reading too difficult. My first few years of high school, my slightly younger brother was collecting X-Men comics,…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 1

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 1

[by Phillip Coates] The first week of a Delve seminar could be compared to the first day of school. You meet the teacher (in this case called a guide), you meet your fellow students (in this case allied interested readers), and you begin to see a room full of different personalities bloom. One thing I…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Restoring Wonder to the Mundane

Delve Seminar Summaries: Restoring Wonder to the Mundane

Restoring Wonder to the Mundane: On the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda [by Nicholas Pierce] At the start of the Civil War, Walt Whitman was in a condition quite similar to that of the country he called home. Severely depressed by the overwhelmingly negative reception of Leaves of Grass, he had all but…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Delve Seminar Summaries: Ovid’s Metamorphoses

[by Annie Russell] SEPTEMBER 25: Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Books I-III Wednesday evening was our first meeting, and even the introductions were promising. From classists to theater directors, I’ve joined a well-read and curious group, and Lucas Bernhardt’s always thoughtful guidance has started us on a good road. We talked at length about major themes and elements…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Masterpieces of the Ancient World: The Epic of Gilgamesh & More

Delve Seminar Summaries: Masterpieces of the Ancient World: The Epic of Gilgamesh & More

[by Matthew Kulisch] SEPTEMBER 23: Recently, the Atlantic posted a September article to their website entitled, ‘I Don’t Want My Children to Go to College’, where Buzzfeed President, Jon Steinberg, who is himself Princeton and Columbia Business educated, vowed against a degree-based education for his three and four year-old because college, he characterized, represents “a…

Delve Seminar Summaries: The American Short Story

Delve Seminar Summaries: The American Short Story

[by Acacia Blackwell] SEPTEMBER 13: For the first meeting of “The American Short Story” seminar, we tackled four stories that collectively demonstrate the stylistic variations and juxtapositions that we see across the genre. We first discussed Ann Beattie’s very short story, “Snow,” which, in its brevity and preoccupation with the act of storytelling, both asks…