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Disney and Death: Mythmaking and the Dangers of Mythmaking

Disney and Death: Mythmaking and the Dangers of Mythmaking

By Kate Daley-Bailey…While few readers may be surprised that Walt Disney Studios created propaganda materials for the Allies during World War II, you might be awed at the following example of said Disney Propaganda cartoons, Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi. Made in 1943, this cartoon, is but one of many made by Walter Disney Studios on contract with the U.S. Government. Disney and WWII. Readers may also be unaware that Disney Studios and Disney, himself, shared a mutually beneficial relationship with the United States Government beginning with WWII.

Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1915-2011

Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1915-2011

Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Georgia State University….
At the ripe age of “eighteen and three quarters” (his words), Paddy Fermor decided to take a long walk, in lieu of attending university. He determined to travel by foot from the Hook of Holland all the way to Istanbul (a city he always imagined Greek-ly, and referred to stubbornly as “Constantinople” or “Byzantium,” its first name as a Greek colony). The trip took some years, and it gave both flavor and form to the rest of his extraordinarily long and extraordinarily creative life. But he did not begin to publish his reflections on the journey until fully forty years later, and that generational lapse between a youthful excursion and a mature reminiscence is a central feature in what makes his writing so singular, and the genre he created so difficult to define.

The Tapestry of Artistic Convictions

The Tapestry of Artistic Convictions

Burchfield also began to try to paint sound, especially in scenes taken directly from local nature, where the trees are depicted almost as if they are vibrating with the hum of the katydid and lyric birdsong. He was fascinated by the world, not just the human world (born and raised in Ohio, he moved to Seneca Falls, NY, near Niagara Falls, in 1925… hence the long interest in loud nature and big sound).

Battle of the Burqa

Battle of the Burqa

By Heather Abraham Recent news reports and articles concerning France’s attempt to ban the wearing of certain modes of Islamic “veiling” in public is more than just the latest example of Western anti- Islamic sentiment.  As John Sullivan wrote in his Religion Nerd article entitled The Muslims are Coming, this  anti-Muslim sentiment has fallen in with the […]

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

Football is undoubtedly serious business in England. But one English chant gives me pause: “England three; Germany none.” This chant was even more common in 2006 when the World Cup was held in Germany, though a match between the rivals did not take place. According to the facebook page dedicated to this chant (titled “Two World Wars and One World Cup”) the modern rivalry between the teams prompted the UK government to caution “fans travelling to Germany for the World Cup to refrain from taunting the locals with this tune.”

Jews and Turks: Centuries of Goodwill

Jews and Turks: Centuries of Goodwill

Although our culture is well versed on the horrifying events of World War II, the story of the Turkish Jews is one that has unfortunately slipped into obscurity. In this time of religious discord, I believe it is important to remember that it has not always been so and that, contrary to popular media portrayals, religious differences do not, for the vast majority, signify hatred, distrust, or the negation of humanity.