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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 Each hour-long show has been archived and is available for people who missed the live broadcast to listen to.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:

Click here to listen the Technologizing of the Word Interview
Click here to listen the Ramus, Method & The Decay of Dialogue Interview

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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 13, 2024
Thomas B. Edsall on the Convicted Felon Trump (REVIEW ESSAY) Former President Donald Trump is now a convicted felon. The op-ed columnist Thomas B. Edsall explores the implications his felony convictions may have in the November presidential election in his latest op-ed column "Trump Would Be Gone if Only We Could" (dated June 12, 2024) in the New York Times. But, taking hints from Edsall, I want to explore certain other implications of Trump's felony convictions in the present essay.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2024
Walter J. Ong, Charles Taylor, and the Age of Romanticism (REVIEW ESSAY) In my lengthy essay, I review the work of the American Jesuit Renaissance specialist and cultural historian and pioneering media ecology theorist Walter J. Ong (1912-2003; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University, 1955), I also succinctly highlight the much-honored Canadian Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor's major new book Cosmic Connections: Poetry in the Age of Disenchantment (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press).
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 10, 2024
David Brooks Tells President Biden How to Save the Soul of America (REVIEW ESSAY) The self-styled conservative columnist David Brooks tells President Joe Biden how to save the soul of America in his new column "How to Create a Society That Prizes Decency" (dated May 9, 2024) in the New York Times. in brief, the American people need to "recognize one another's full dignity." Ah, the new 2024 Vatican Declaration is also about human dignity.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 2, 2024
Hartmut Rosa on Resonance (REVIEW ESSAY) Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (born in 1965; Ph.D., Humboldt University of Berlin, 1997) is the author of Resonance: A Sociology of Our Relationship to the World, translated by James C. Wagner (Polity, 2019; orig. German ed., 2016). Perhaps Rosa's book Resonance could prompt us to develop a new world-as-resonance sense of life.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 27, 2024
Rabbi Shai Held on the Heart of Jewish Life (REVIEW ESSAY) Rabbi Shai Held (born in 1971; ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1999; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010) has published a massively researched new 2024 book titled Judaism Is About Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). It is a tour de force in biblical interpretation.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 25, 2024
Pope Francis on a Good Catholic Life (REVIEW ESSAY) The aging, and ailing, Pope Francis, (born in 1936; elected pope in March 2013), the first Jesuit spiritual director ever elected pope, has written an accessible new book addressed to young Catholics, A Good Life: 15 Essential Habits for Living with Hope and Joy, translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky (Worthy Publishing/ Hachette Publishing Group, 2024). Certain things the pope says in it could help us today.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Austen Ivereigh on Pope Francis' Thought (REVIEW ESSAY) The lay Catholic English journalist Dr. Austen Ivereigh (born in 1966) perceptively weaves together multiple strands of Pope Francis' thought in his new 2024 book First Belong to God: On Retreat with Pope Francis (Loyola Press).
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 21, 2024
The Editors of Commonweal on the Vatican's New 2024 Declaration (REVIEW ESSAY) The Editors of the liberal lay Catholic magazine Commonweal published "Dignity and Gender: Evaluating 'Dignitas Infinita'" on April 18, 2024. In the present essay, I continue my recent reflections in my OEN articles on the Vatican's new 2024 Declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith titled "Dignitas Infiniti," which was released on April 8, 2024.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 19, 2024
On the Sheer Radicalness of the Moment of Conception Doctrine (REVIEW ESSAY) In my recent OEN article "How Important Will the Abortion Debate Be in the 2024 elections?" (dated April 10, 2024), I did not attempt to answer the question I posed in the title -- and I do not attempt to do so in the present article either. Rather, I want to draw attention to the sheer radicalness of the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine about the moment of conception -- which could incite anti-abortion American Catholics.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Thomas J. Farrell's Personal History of the 1960s (REVIEW ESSAY) Doris Kearns Goodwin's new 2024 book An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History (Simon & Schuster) triggered a response in me to write my own personal history of the 1960s. The present essay is wide-ranging, and at time meandering.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2024
How Important Will the Abortion Debate Be in the 2024 Elections? (REVIEW ESSAY) Some Democrats have hoped to frame the upcoming 2024 elections as a referendum on the supreme Court's 6-3 ruling in the Dobbs case in 2022. But the strong language about abortion in the Vatican's new 2024 document may encourage conservative anti-abortion American Catholics not to vote for the liberal Catholic President Biden -- and perhaps not to vote for any Democratic candidates up for election.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 8, 2024
Walter Ong, Judith Butler, and the Vatican on Gender (REVIEW ESSAY) In this wide-ranging and lengthy review essay, I highlight the American Jesuit Walter Ong's 1981 Book Fighting for Life: contest, Sexuality [Gender], and Consciousness (Cornell University Press); the American leftist Judith Butler's new 2024 book Who's Afraid of Gender? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); and the Vatican's just released new 2024 document on, in part, gender theory.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2024
Fareed Zakaria on Liberalism vs. Illiberalism (REVIEW ESSAY) The seasoned Indian American journalist, commentator, and author Fareed Zakaria (born in Mumbai in 1964; Ph.D. in government, Harvard University, 1993) has published a timely new book, Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present (W. W. Norton, 2024), about the print culture that emerged in Western culture after the Gutenberg printing press emerged in Europe in the mid-1450s.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 28, 2024
Jonathan Haidt on the Epidemic of Mental Illness in Gen Z (REVIEW ESSAY) The American social psychologist Jonathan Haidt (born in 1963; Ph.D. in social psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1992) of New York University's Stern School of Business has published a disturbing new book about Gen Z, the generation born after 1995, titled The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness (Penguin Random House). He targets smartphones and social media.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 23, 2024
Thomas J. Farrell on His Most Memorable Year (REVIEW ESSAY) In this wide-ranging and associative and digressive and lengthy essay, I commemorate my memorable year of living in Manhattan and teaching English at City College/CUNY in 1975-1976. I focus of four fine people I knew when I was there: (1) Mina P. Shaughnessy (1924-1978); (2) Theodore L. Gross (1931-2022); (3) Edward Quinn (1932-2012); and (4) Sarah D'Eloia (1943-1990).
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 15, 2024
Pope Francis on His Life and Times (REVIEW ESSAY) In Pope Francis' new 2024 book Life: My Story Through History, with the Italian journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, translated from the Italian by Aubrey Botsford (HarperOne/ HarperCollins), the first Jesuit pope discusses his life and times in what the American Jesuit literary scholar Walter J. Ong referred to as a "talked book." I highlight here what the pope says about corruption, because Trump exemplifies such corruption.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 3, 2024
Pope Francis, David French, and Walter Ong on Gender Differences (REVIEW ESSAY) Pope Francis (born in 1936; elected pope in 2013), David French (born in 1969; J.D., Harvard University, 1994), and Walter Ong (1912-2003; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University, 1955) call attention to gender differences.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 29, 2024
Thomas J. Farrell on Drafting His Own Obituary This admittedly short article rounds off two of my earlier OEN articles: (1) "Thomas J. Farrell on Walter J. Ong, S.J." (dated November 7, 2023); and (2) "Thomas J. Farrell on Thomas J. Farrell" (dated November 17, 2023). The present article provides certain further information that was not included in either of those two previous OEN articles.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 18, 2024
John Dear on the Questions of Jesus (REVIEW ESSAY) In my recent OEN article "John Dear on the Synoptic Gospels and Bottom-UP Nonviolence" (dated January 31, 2024), I commented on the prolific American diocesan priest and peace activist Father John Dear's new 2024 magnum opus commentary The Gospel of Peace (Orbis Books). I now want to comment of his thought-provoking earlier book of meditations titled The Questions of Jesus (Image Books/ Doubleday/ Random House, 2004)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 31, 2024
John Dear on the Synoptic Gospels and Bottom-Up Nonviolence (REVIEW ESSAY) If you are not interested in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), then you should not be interested in the prolific activist Father John Dear's new 2024 book The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence (Orbis Books). But if you are interested in bottom-up imagery, then you should be interested in the author's claim that Jesus campaigned for bottom-up nonviolence.

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