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Thinking on Paper: Where I Sit on Netflix’s “The Chair” by Libby Kassuelke

Thinking on Paper: Where I Sit on Netflix’s “The Chair” by Libby Kassuelke

Sandra Oh, Nana Mensah, and Holland Taylor in The Chair. Eliza Morse/Netflix The Chair, Netflix’s new original TV drama-comedy, has been a topic of debate since its recent August release. The show centers around Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (played by Sandra Oh) the newly established chair of the […]

Making a Mess: Some Thoughts on Craft, Instinct, and George Saunders by Lissa Torres

Making a Mess: Some Thoughts on Craft, Instinct, and George Saunders by Lissa Torres

When was the last time a craft book was on the New York Times Bestseller list? Not sure, apart from George Saunders’ A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (2021). The book takes several classic Russian short stories and considers them from a writer’s […]

The Power of Sports: ALDS Game 3, by Gabe Stoesz

The Power of Sports: ALDS Game 3, by Gabe Stoesz

This piece was written about a game Gabe attended in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally we feel rather nostalgic reading it today. *** MINNEAPOLIS–Ra-Ding! Ra-ding! My friend and I scan our tickets to enter Target Field’s right field plaza, security watching closely, greeters […]

Conscientious Writing: Lessons Learned from a “Failed” Poem by Amber Murry

Conscientious Writing: Lessons Learned from a “Failed” Poem by Amber Murry

Like many other young adults, I still hold on to a great many ideals when I think about the way the world should work, especially when it comes to my chosen field of English and literature. As a student, I am constantly becoming more and […]

Danez Smith: Coding Poetry by Elli Gifferson

Danez Smith: Coding Poetry by Elli Gifferson

On November 7-8, the Minnesota State University’s Good Thunder Reading Series hosted St. Paul-born poet Danez Smith. Smith’s most recent book Don’t Call us Dead earned the United Kingdom’s Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection and also contended in the United States as a finalist […]

One Father’s Lasting Impact by Emily Kjeer

One Father’s Lasting Impact by Emily Kjeer

On December 3rd from 7-9 pm, come to the Viking Village in Old Main to play pool, air hockey, and other games, eat food, and support a wonderful scholarship at Bethany. Live music will feature Daniel and John Halvorson. There will be a raffle with […]

Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of “Theatre Physics” by Elli Gifferson

Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of “Theatre Physics” by Elli Gifferson

Almost a month has passed since Bethany Lutheran College put on yet another successful Theatre Physics show.  However, this year’s performance was particularly special in that it marked the 25th anniversary of Theatre Physics.  Since 1994, the BLC Theatre Department has been entertaining audience members […]

Catching Invisible Words by Grace Bollhagen

Catching Invisible Words by Grace Bollhagen

When I first entered the cozy classroom of my Literature Studies course as a freshman in college, I thought I had already mastered the art of reading. I had read about Shakespeare’s love birds and men costumed as women, Dickens’s snowy streets and his bloodied […]

The Concept of Beauty in Gail Levine’s Fairest by Abigail Merrit

The Concept of Beauty in Gail Levine’s Fairest by Abigail Merrit

No fairytale princess is as memorable as beautiful Snow White. Gail Carson Levine, however, does not portray blood-red lips and pale white skin as beautiful as the tales would let you believe.  No, in her novel Fairest, Levine casts her Snow White figure, Maid Aza, […]

One Professor’s Story of Publishing in Academia By Dr. Robert Hanna

One Professor’s Story of Publishing in Academia By Dr. Robert Hanna

When I was asked by The Well to reflect on my experiences as a published author, the timing of the request was quite interesting.  The immediately preceding e-mail letter in my in-box was an editor’s acceptance letter and contract for a two-part article that I […]