Monthly Archives: January 2012

Downtown L.A. and the Grand Central Market

by cheri block This morning, and I might cheerily add a glorious morning in downtown Los Angeles, I left my hotel in search of an authentic breakfast burrito. In case any of you are wondering if the modifying clause in … Continue reading

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Does Sir Thomas More live a real life?

  by cheri block From Ivan Ilych to Bob Miller to Sir Thomas More… I continue to assess their lives by comparing my criteria to their life experience. Here is my bit about playwright Robert Bolt’s characterization of Sir Thomas … Continue reading

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Does Jane Smiley’s Bob Miller live a real life?

by cheri block When Scotty McLennan assigned Jane Smiley’s novella Good Will as part of the curricula for his class The Meaning of Life: A Spiritual and Moral Inquiry Through Literature, I had never heard of the book. I began … Continue reading

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Does Ivan Ilych live a “real” life?

by cheri block Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych is worth the read. In my paper, How to Live a Real Life, I evaluate Judge Ilych’s life (which is really a death)  and his death (which is really a life). … Continue reading

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