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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book WALTER ONG'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO CULTURAL STUDIES: THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE WORD AND I-THOU COMMUNICATION (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2000; 2nd ed. 2009, forthcoming). The first edition won the 2001 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology conferred by the Media Ecology Association. For further information about his education and his publications, see his UMD homepage: Click here to visit Dr. Farrell's homepage. On September 10 and 22, 2009, he discussed Walter Ong's work on the blog radio talk show "Ethics Talk" that is hosted by Hope May in philosophy at Central Michigan University. Each hour-long show has been archived and is available for people who missed the live broadcast to listen to. Here are the website addresses for the two archived shows:
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Take, and Read, Young Men! (REVIEW ESSAY)
Young men today in search of meaning and direction in their lives are living in a proverbial waste land. But what can they do to find meaning and direction? The American poet Herman Melville (1819-1891)offers young men today sharply sketched possibilities for their lives in his long centennial poem Clarel (1876).
SHARE Saturday, July 25, 2020 Mary Trump's Psychological Profile of Her Uncle Donald (REVIEW ESSAY)
In Mary Trump's new book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, she profiles the dysfunctional Trump family, which formed her cold and ruthless Uncle Donald ("Tweety") Trump. More specifically, she lays the psychological groundwork for us to see that as an infant and toddler Donald did not form secure attachment bonds with either his mother or his father.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 11, 2020 Captain Ahab and Donald Trump (REVIEW ESSAY)
The psychiatrist Edward F. Edinger (1922-1998; M.D., Yale University, 1946) wrote a Jungian commentary on the life and work of Herman Melville (1819-1891), centering his attention on Melville's now famous novel Moby-Dick (1851). Edinger's perceptive analysis of how Captain Ahab enlists his crew to go after the white whale is instructive. His analysis can be applied to how Donald Trump enlisted his most ardent supporters.
SHARE Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Is Melville's 18,000-line 1876 centennial poem worth reading today? (REVIEW ESSAY)
Is Herman Melville's 18,000-line centennial poem Clarel (1876) worth reading today? If you are interested in religion and religious traditions in American culture today, then you might read his long jeremiad about American culture in his day to stimulate and provoke your own reflections on American culture today. William Potter's 2004 book can help us explore how to understand Melville.
SHARE Thursday, June 25, 2020 July 4, 1776; July 4, 1876; July 4, 2020 (REVIEW ESSAY)
As we reflect on our strange times today in America, we should not forget that the now famous author Herman Melville (1819-1891) reflected deeply on the strange times in America in his day, including the Civil War (1861-1865), in his long centennial poem Clarel (1876). From comparing two competing interpretations of it, we can glean a bit of wisdom about endurance in our own strange times today in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 24, 2020 What Is the Antidote to Greed?
Most OEN readers know about greed. But what is the effective antidote to greed? According to St. Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274), living virtuously with the help of divine grace is the effective antidote to greed.
SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2020 20 Thoughts from Thomas Aquinas to Ponder During Our 2020 Pandemic
During our 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, I have been rereading Matthew Fox's 1992 550-page book Sheer Joy: [Four] Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality, in which Fox translates passages from 52 works by Aquinas in Latin. By happy coincidence, Dover Publications has just reissued Fox's book Sheer Joy -- so that more people can now readily read it during our 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.
SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Our Current Experience of the Via Negativa (REVIEW ESSAY)
Our concurrent experiences of the Covid-19 catastrophe and the economic catastrophe have thrust us into what the Reverend Dr. Matthew Fox describes as the Via Negativa in his brilliant 1992 550-page book Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation spirituality, which is now scheduled to be reissued by Dover Publications later this month. It provides timely reading for us as we undergo the Via Negativa.
SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2020 The Tao of Thomas Aquinas (REVIEW ESSAY)
In December, the Reverend Dr. Matthew Fox will turn 80. He has been a prolific writer and a popular speaker and a peace and justice activist. In 1992, he published the book Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality, which will be reissued later this month. He has also recently published the short new book The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times.
SHARE Saturday, April 11, 2020 King Lear's Inner Breakdowns -- and Ours (REVIEW ESSAY)
In Scott Newstok's new book, he details certain lessons from Shakespeare's limited formal education, so that we can learn how to think like Shakespeare did in 1606 when he wrote his play during the plague in England about King Lear's inner breakdowns -- similar to our inner breakdowns due to the current Covid-19 crisis.
SHARE Sunday, April 5, 2020 Front Row at the Trump Show (REVIEW ESSAY)
When Jonathan Karl (born on January 19, 1968) was ten years old, his mother and stepfather pulled him out of school in Connecticut and relocated the family in a motel in Hill City, South Dakota. From there, his stepfather and mother set out to interview men who had worked for Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) on Mount Rushmore. Their 1985 book is the definitive biography of Borglum. Their work inspired Karl to become a journalist.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Vengeance Is Mine, Saith President Trump to New York
Under President Donald Trump, Republicans tend to embrace social Darwinism -- the survival of the fittest. It appears that the fittest can survive Covid-19. Consequently, President Trump has refused to order indistry to build more ventilators to cope with the Covid-19 crisis in New York -- thereby exacting his revenge on New York for not voting for him in 2016.
SHARE Saturday, March 21, 2020 James Shapiro Urges Us to Reflect Further on Shakespeare (REVIEW ESSAY)
James Shapiro is a Shakespeare specialist at Columbia University in New York City. In his new 2020 book Shakespeare in a Divided America, he uses the controversy over the outdoor production of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar in 2017 in Central Park in New York City to discuss our contemporary American cultural and political divide that resulted in Donald Trump's Electoral College victory in the 2016 presidential election.
SHARE Friday, March 13, 2020 Using Nassir Ghaemi's Psychiatric Terminology to Describe President Trump (REVIEW ESSAY)
In Jonathan Karl's forthcoming new book about the Trump show, he reports that Mick Mulvaney, then Trump's acting chief of staff, urged senior White House officials to read Nassir Ghaemi's 2011 book A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Link Between Leadership and Mental Illness. I will discuss Ghaemi's major claims about mental illness versus mentally normal people. I will show that Trump manifests certain mild mental illness.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2020 Joe Biden today may sound like a normal person
Michelle Cottle, a member of the Editorial Board of the New York Times that endorsed two women in the Democratic primary, has stepped out from behind the cover of the Editorial Board to post op-eds with her own byline recently -- most notably "The Resurrection of Joe Biden" (dated March 6, 2020). In delineating certain weaknesses of Joe Biden, Cottle credits Elizabeth Warren with "rhetorical precision" -- that Biden lacks.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020 Get Ready for the Anti-Abortion Zealotry against Joe Biden's Resurgence
Former Vice President Joe Biden is a practicing Catholic. But he does not agree with the Roman Catholic Church's official, but incoherent and indefensible, opposition to legalized abortion -- an opposition rooted in misogyny. No doubt the resurgence of Biden's campaign in the Democratic primary will prompt a resurgence of anti-abortion zealotry in his co-religionists, many of whom voted for Trump in 2016.
SHARE Friday, February 14, 2020 Pope Francis' New Apostolic Exhortation Is Visionary (REVIEW ESSAY)
On February 12, 2020, Pope Francis issued his new apostolic exhortation about the Amazon region. Addressed to all persons of good will, it is visionary and, at times, poetic. I will highlight certain passages and suggest relevant connections with the thought of the American Jesuit polymath Walter J. Ong (1912-2003; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University, 1955) -- and certain other authors.
SHARE Monday, February 3, 2020 The Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Real Presence
The distinguished American Catholic journalist Dr. Peter Steinfels, a past editor of the lay Catholic magazine Commonweal, has published a new article in Commonweal about the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at Mass. But Steinfels does not use the relevant work of the American Jesuit Renaissance specialist and cultural historian Walter J. Ong to analyze/interpret the doctrine.