Dystopian Rock: A Request for Ideas

Originally posted on Progarchy:
Dear Citizens of the anarcho-Republic of Progarchy, As some of you might know, in addition to editing this site, I also pretend to be a professor and author during the day.  I’m currently working…

Definitions: Dystopia, etc.

Definitions Sewall/Birzer; August 2014   Utopia: from the Greek, meaning “perfect place” and “no where.” Plato used it as a joke.   Republic: from the Latin, “res publica,” meaning “good thing” or “common good.” Based, in large part,… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Dystopia

  Books Mark Twain, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) G.K. Chesterton, Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World (1907) Jack London, The Iron Heel (1908) G.K. Chesterton, Man Who Was Thursday… Read More

Syllabus: CWC4000: American Founding and the Classics

CWC4000: “The Classical Origins of the American Founding” Instructor: Dr. Bradley Birzer ( Class time: MWF: 12-12:50PM; KTCH 118 Office Hours: 9:30-1:00 and by appointment (Woodbury 302) Autumn 2014 Assignments/messages/note will appear at:     Required Reading:… Read More

Syllabus: Dystopian Literature and the Moral Imagination

SEWL 1020-172R: “Dystopian Literature and the Moral Imagination” Instructor: Dr. Bradley Birzer ( Class time: MWF: 10-10:50AM Office hours: Tuesday, 9:30-1:00, and by appointment (Woodbury 302) Autumn 2014   Required Reading Aldous Huxley, Brave New World George Orwell,… Read More

Seven Impale – Basking in the City of the Sun

Originally posted on Progarchy:
One of the many strands of the golden hair of art rock is rooted in John Coltrane’s epic India, where the mighty ‘Trane and Eric Dolphy so caught the attention of a young Roger…

A Love of Lingering: Salander’s STENDEC (2014)

Originally posted on Progarchy:
A review of Salander, “STENDEC” (2014, independent release). Tracks: Pearls Upon a Crown; Book of Lies; Ever After; Hypothesis 11/8; Situation Disorientation; Controlled Flight Into Terrain; and Zeitgeist. Total time: 65 minutes.  Recommendation: HIGHEST;…