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Steve Chisnell (um, on the right) is a teacher at Royal Oak (MI) High School.

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    American Original Sin: American Archetype

    American Original Sin: American Archetype

    These are difficult arguments, and so, as good symbol-using animals, we tend to reduce the abstract complexity to symbols and fight over those instead. Why challenge American exceptionalism when we can argue over the best baseball team?

    Frodo Lives

    Frodo Lives

    It’s true that Frodo is given gifts beyond what any ordinary person could expect (swords, rings, chain mail, lights of Galadriel), but in the end it is his sheer act of will that gets him to the chasms of Mount Doom. And there he fails.

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