Dealing with Doubt: After Midnight

Between belief and disbelief, certainty and uncertainty, trust and distrust lies doubt. Doubt can be deliberate questioning or a state of indecision, resulting in a reassessment of what reality means or a paralyzing suspension between contradictory propositions. An uncomfortable condition, as Voltaire observed, but preferable to certainty, which is inherently absurd. Or some surprising gap […]

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Delighting in Doubt: Deceptive Art

Between belief and disbelief, certainty and uncertainty, trust and distrust lies doubt. Doubt can be deliberate questioning or a state of indecision, resulting in a reassessment of what reality means or a paralyzing suspension between contradictory propositions. An uncomfortable condition, as Voltaire observed, but preferable to certainty, which is inherently absurd. Or some surprising gap stretching intellect […]

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On Being Invisible: Our Nation’s Veterans

This essay is part of a series inspired by our Winter 2012 Social Justice issue. The first one was posted September 2011, and all feature people who have helped make marginalized segments of our world more visible to mainstream America through poetry, prose and visual art. In the Sixties, nearly everyone I knew was–directly or indirectly–touched by the Vietnam War. Even my […]

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An “Excellent” Experiment

For my 2011-12 learning improvement project at Howard Community College, I wanted to go textless in my creative writing class. I knew that I could post materials for theory, genres and writing elements in our online supplemental classroom. But what should I do about providing my students with the necessary models of creative writing? I […]

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Meet the Neighbors: Rep Stage

A journal like the Little Patuxent Review requires a vibrant literary and artistic community to thrive–and even survive. In appreciation of the cultural organizations around us, we present “Meet the Neighbors,” where we provide you with some personal introductions. Please meet the Rep Stage, located at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on […]

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