At the moment, and on the surface, our society wants to cast aside anyone who’s ever made a mistake. It occurs to me that mistakes happen when people try to fully live. The first time you take something on, you handle it like a child. You have never experienced it…


Sometimes a little flash fiction feels good. As a teacher, and as a former student, I see this often. A kid asks, “Can I go to the bathroom?” To which I reply, “After you finish your quiz,” or something along those lines. …


As I review this particular assignment and post, my school is currently having the discussion over the books that we teach and why we teach what we teach. We question whether our job is to inspire and make life-long readers, or to teach morals and the accomplishments of outstanding writers…


One of the more interesting graduate courses I took was World War 2 in Film. We analyzed the patterns and messages that emerges through the depiction of this conflict. It’s a rare time in history that the world essentially knows who the bad guys are, while usually it is a…


The following was a final for a Gothic literature course. I wanted to look at a comparison of Basil from Dorian Grey and Victor Frankenstein. This is fairly quick academic work, something I would more think of like a brief magazine article in philosophically looking at what it means to…


Maybe not the best academic work I have ever done, but it certainly was a fun paper to write. I think this reflects my desire to make academic work and classic novels relevant to modern culture. So often, as a teacher, I hear students comment “How do we relate to…


My first graduate level attempt to marry classics with the current mood of society. When I wrote this paper, it was shortly after the STEM school shooting in Colorado. At the time, there was a different school shooting about once a week. As displayed in another piece of work, this…


This was a more fun assignment to dive into. It was my graduate Technologies in Writing course, and at the beginning of the course, the world changed. The COVID-19 pandemic had shut down pretty much all of the world and people were forced to live like we haven’t maybe ever…

Brandon Raycraft

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