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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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This Boy’s Life Lessons Lesson One for This Boy’s Life: Pursuit of the Chimera Essay #5: Final Capstone Essay for 200 Points: Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Gogol’s “The Overcoat”: Option One. Develop an argumentative thesis that compares the quest for identity in Wolff’s memoir and Gogol’s "The Overcoat."... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
You can talk about how the universalist is putting lipstick on a pig, the pig being the infernalist position, which many argue is immoral, cowardly, hateful, and odious, the platform for one of the world’s dominant religions. You can read Maggie Rowe’s memoir Sin Bravely and agree that she hates... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay #5: Final Capstone Essay for 200 Points: Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Gogol’s “The Overcoat”: Option One. Develop an argumentative thesis that compares the quest for identity in Wolff’s memoir and Gogol’s "The Overcoat." Consider maladaptation and the chimera as traps resulting from the search for identity. Option... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
Mike Manderlin is as extraordinary at the piano as he is abysmal at handling life’s daily challenges evidenced by his inability to countenance a trip to a port-o-potty without going into debilitating depression that requires several weeks in bed while listening to motivational podcasts and reading selected passages from the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
When Mike Manderlin was a high school freshman inspecting the Castro Valley High football team’s weight room for the first time, he felt entitled, perhaps because he was a national Junior Olympic Weightlifting champion, to make harsh criticisms of the gym’s dumbbell deficits and ergonomic defects. Senior linebacker Erik Simonson... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: M and W: 2:45-3:45 and 5:30-6; T and TH 12:15-1 and 3:30-4:15 Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible. Course Catalog Description: This course focuses on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay One for 100 Points Based on Choosing One of the Following Options Option 1 In the context of Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage, develop an argumentative thesis about the relationship between masculinity and ritualized violence. Your essay should be 1,000 words and have a Works Cited page with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Sadly, Boston Acoustics radios are loaded with bugs. Too bad since they have good reception and sound.
You may have to replace Muscle with This Boy’s Life. If so, you may have to switch assignments so that Professor in the Cage is Essay #1 and the comparison between This Boy’s Life and “The Overcoat” is Final Essay #5. Develop an argumentative thesis that compares and contrasts the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Walls explains that entering heaven or hell is less based on what we do and more on what we are or what we’ve become. This idea comes in part from C.S. Lewis such as Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Developing on Lewis’ ideas on salvation, Purgatory becomes plausible as an act... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
How can we overestimate the influence of The Bible, for good and bad, on civilization? Fundamentalism breeds tribalistic intolerance and cruelty and hatred of The Other. We can interpret evil gods from the Bible as Alfred North Whitehead and Dan Barker can attest. But as Rufus Jones writes, there are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
This NYT review of How Propaganda Works would make a complement to "The Overcoat." Kakutani writes: “Propaganda is characteristically part of the mechanism,” he writes, “by which people become deceived about how best to realize their goals, and hence deceived from seeing what is in their own best interests.” This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Thanks for the heads up, Ian. A lot of Sony radios are dogs.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2016 on Val's Review of the Sony ICF-M780SL at Herculodge
Draws: Christianity says we’re all individuals with souls and God cares about us. This belief influences our notions of justice, law, morality, and shared destiny. More specifically, Christianity tells us our default setting is on self-centered, willful, consumerist, comfort-seeking hedonists who live a life of shallowness. I sense the Bible... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
As I read Thomas Talbott’s book The Inescapable Love of God, I am learning three schools of Christianity in relation to hell: Christianity #1: Calvinism: Calvin and Augustine believe in limited election with eternal hell and no second chances. Christianity #2: Arminianism: C.S. Lewis, especially early C.S. Lewis, Jerry Walls,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
This Painted Bird post explains a lot of the novel's background and themes. I could compare the novel to Elie Weisel's Night. This could be a 1A book perhaps? Not 1C? If Muscle is truly out of print, then you could replace it with Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay One for 100 Points Based on Choosing One of the Following Options Option 1 In the context of Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage, develop an argumentative thesis about the relationship between masculinity and ritualized violence. Your essay should be 1,000 words and have a Works Cited page with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Critical Thinker
You can buy brand new or rather never used Farberware percolators for about 80. I just bought one. They're from the 70s and early 80s and all the parts are American-made. They last forever.
Essay Two for 100 Points (Life of Image Vs. Life of Substance) Option One: To an audience of college students, write a persuasive essay that addresses the contention that "Bartleby, the Scrivener, "Gooseberries," "Winter Dreams" or "The Other Woman" illustrates the moral principles in David Brooks' online essay "The Moral... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
I was attending my wife’s uncle’s birthday party, standing in the kitchen and staring at the dazzling display of assorted “stoneground” crackers and dips made of pesto, spinach, olives, chives, and cream cheese. I could see that no one had started at the platter as of yet and that I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
What a shame. So much of electronics these days dies in a year or two. I've read enough reviews of percolators on Amazon to conclude that the thermostat heating elements die in about a year whereas vintage percolators from Sunbeam, GE, Universal, and Faberware from the 1940s-70s last 100 years. A similar analogy in the radio world.
I was in Prospect College’s faculty bathroom stall, my pants coiled around my ankles, my eyes focused on Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, the part where he describes how he escaped cannibalism, when I sensed the presence of Mary Beauregard, one of my students, standing just outside the stall’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
Top Twenty Writing Errors According to Andrea A. Lunsford in The St. Martin’s Handbook, Eight Edition, there are 20 writing errors that merit “The Top 20.” One. Wrong word: Confusing one word for another. Here's a list of wrong word... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
One. What You Do Not Bring Forth Will Destroy You 1-9 Two. The Student Who Schooled His College Professor 10-23 Three. Life after Facebook 24-32 Four. Bodybuilder's Inferno 33-49 Five. Just Another Day at the Costco Apocalypse 50- Six. What Happens When You Trap Two Gluttons in the Wreckage of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Put On Your Big Boy Pants