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Posts by Jesse Rice

  1. How do I review someone’s diary? What right do I have to judge a diary based on story structure? How can I critique the lack of flow or plot? A diary is not meant to fit within an outwardly logical structure, for it is meant for the writer alone. It reminds me of what the main character states in Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground: “I can ramble, because this is not meant for someone to read, it is meant for me.” While Augustine is meaning for others to read this, it is mostly for himself and for God. Augustine is writing out his prayers, his musings, his longings, and his confessions. As such, the ideas ramble and bleed together, some following to a logical conclusion and others being only touched upon. Yet, despite this occasional lack of coherence, Confessions should not be criticized, it should be applauded. Augustine, unlike Dostoevsky’s character, is a genius, and this is the story of his life.

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  2. What if you had the ability to change the past? What if you could travel back in time and stop a murder? Better yet, what if you could go back and stop all wars, murders, and disasters? What would you do with that kind of power? What should you do?

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  3. There are those who say that television rots our brains. Neil Postman would disagree. Rather than rotting our brains, he would say, it removes the necessity to use them. Now, this isn’t some old crank arguing about kids not playing outside anymore, or that the violence on TV will make us murderous. No, Postman argues that the way television presents information is erasing our need to think. Books, he writes, are the solution. As a writer on a book review website, just allow me to adjust my monocle and I’ll tell you why.

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  4. College is a tough time. I am faced with deciding what I want to do with my life, forced to spend lots of money and study a smorgasbord of difficult topics, and try to sift through what I really believe. I’m faced with so many questions: how do I find God’s will for my life? How can I be sure I have the right motivations? How can I hear God’s voice in my heart? Philosophy Professor Phillip Cary noticed many of his students wrestling with the same questions, and becoming ever anxious in search of answers. However, as he spoke with his students, Cary realized that the issue was not with the students, but with their bad theology. So Cary decided to write a book showing the good news to those anxious Christians.

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  5. It’s hard to be a hustler. Animals these days aren’t as gullible as they used to be, and any fools around are quickly snapped up by other con-artists, of which there are far too many, if you ask me. Of course, that doesn’t stop Thimblerig from trying to find the fool among the many. And he’s good at it. So when Thimblerig has a nightmare about the coming apocalypse, he doesn’t chalk it up to bad figs. He sets a plan into motion to swindle as many believers as possible. Is it his fault that they think the vision comes from the almighty Unicorn to save them from the coming worldwide flood? Nope. All Thimblerig cares about is getting these suckers out into the middle of nowhere and then ditching them so he can start enjoying the good life. But, as his lies (and followers) grow, Thimblerig begins to wonder if his nightmare wasn’t something more after all. Unfortunately, before he can decide, he is faced with  a bigger problem: he has found himself in the middle of the Wild Dogs’ annual hunt, and believers are at the top of the menu. (more…)

  6. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Love conquers all and Thane Kyrell and Cienna Ree are a case in point. They overcame their parents’ animosity to become best of friends. They overcame the strict rules of the Imperial Academy to become the best pilots in the galaxy. Now, they are promising members of the Imperial Military with a marvelous life in front of them. Life has done its best to split them apart, but Thane and Cienna have won. Nothing can keep them apart.

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  7. Other than reading toilsome books, writing papers may be the most difficult part of school. Yeah, taking a test is hard, but all you have to do for that is memorize answers. To write an essay one must come up with original ideas based on an assigned (and, most likely, boring) topic. That is not easy. In fact, it’s downright hard. However, what if I told you that everything you need to write a good essay, you can learn from watching movies? Hard to believe? I thought so too, but Dr. Douglas put forward a pretty good case.

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  8. Making decisions would be so much easier if you could jump a few years into the future to find how things will turn out. For instance, you would know that it was worth the bruises to defend your autistic friend from bullies. You would know that your employer wasn’t mad that you kind of went behind his back to volunteer for the cancer-curing implants. You would know to ignore that paranoid, little kid that worried the implants would provide the government with a means for taking over the world.

    Well, strike that last one.

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  9. There is nothing like curling up with a good book on a cold day, especially after digging through textbooks all semester. I was ready to read something fun, something that wasn’t boring and required by a class. So I curled up with College Writing.

    Yeah, my mom thought I was crazy, too.

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  10. There is a common philosophical question: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Walton presents a similar philosophical quandary: “If a computer rests in the forest but is never used, is it really a computer?” To put it another way: when does that computer actually come into being? Is it when all the parts are put into place? Or is it when the computer is actually put to use? Walton uses the example of a business. Is the business created when it has the building in place or when it has a sales license? In essence, should creation be understood as functional or material?

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