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Author discusses “golden worlds”

first_imgAuthor Daniel McInerny gave a talk titled “Children’s Literature and the Golden World” at the first installment of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s Fall 2013 Catholic Literature Series on Tuesday. McInerny, CEO of Trojan Tub Entertainment and author of the “Kingdom of Patria” series, said children’s literature takes place in a different world. “Children’s literature is about adventure into a ‘golden world,’ in which innocence is fought for and achieved,” McInerny said. McInerny said the idea of a “golden world” derives from the biblical idea of a Paradise, and an idealized or fantasy world is featured in many children’s books such as “The Secret Garden,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Bridge to Terabithia.” “Children’s literature has an essential connection to a Catholic understanding of moral formation,” he said. “Even if many, if not most of the practitioners aren’t Catholic at all, the very genre is a dream of Eden.” McInerny said the “golden worlds” featured in books are not necessarily perfect images of Eden, for they can be filled with conflict, danger and evil.   “I still call them ‘golden worlds’ because it is in those worlds that characters undertake the work of restoring innocence,” he said. McInerny said this idea of innocence is not about sheltering children from evil. “I mean innocence as … the opposite of being sheltered, of adventuring out into the world of death and finding one’s virtuous way through it,” he said. A common objection to the idea of “golden worlds” is that it only applies to “fantasy” literature, in which the narrator takes the reader into a secondary universe, he said. “The ‘golden world’ as I described it is also found in the revolutionary Boston of ‘Johnny Tremain,’ or the Connecticut colony of Elizabeth George Speare’s ‘The Witch of Blackbird Pond,’” he said. “These are historical places, but the adventures that the child protagonists undertake in those stories also can be described as ‘golden worlds.’ It doesn’t have to be a fantasy secondary world.” McInerny said the genre of children’s literature as it is known today did not emerge until the 19th century, and it flourished as a result of Romanticism and its reverence towards childhood. “This treasuring of childhood gave an increasingly secular culture a way of connecting to purity and innocence, to wonder and to other worlds,” McInerny said. “It encouraged it to favor the imagination, as opposed to reason and scientific mode. “I would argue that the Romantic sense of childhood, and the children’s literature that flowed from it, was one way of trying to re-create the ‘golden world’ of the terrestrial paradise.” Though children’s literature is largely secular in inspiration, McInerny said, its deepest inclinations of yearning for a terrestrial paradise can be uniquely appreciated by the Catholic literary mind. “The Catholic can deeply appreciate much of what good children’s literature is trying to do, even while it resists making idols out of childhood innocence and the child’s imagination.” Junior Frances Kelsey said she has been following the Center for Ethics and Culture’s Catholic Literature Series since her freshman year and came to McInerny’s talk becuase of her previous positive experiences. “I thought it was really interesting [McInerny’s idea] that a ‘golden world’ could be found in books that are not strictly fantasy,” she said. The Catholic Literature Series continues with Professor John O’Callaghan’s lecture titled “Harry Potter and King’s Cross,” on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall.last_img read more

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Patriots open CPL campaign with four-wicket win over Amazon Warriors

first_imgCHADWICK Walton’s fighting half-century went in vain as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opened their Caribbean Premier League campaign with a four-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors, in Florida on Saturday ..Walton played a lone hand for the second half of the Warriors’ innings but could only take his side to a moderate 123 for 7 in their allotted quota. Patriots suffered a top-order collapse in reply but Carlos Brathwaite revived the hopes and Jonathan Carter helped the team get across the line with an over to spare.Put in to bat first, Warriors got off to a flying start courtesy skipper Martin Guptill’s stroke-filled 23 off just 14. Samuel Badree put an end to the early fireworks by taking out the skipper, but Walton revived the innings by joining hands with Pakistan batsman Babar Azam for a 45-run partnership for the second wicket – their best in the night.Azam, however, contributed a rather sedate 21 off 30 before Brathwaite provided the breakthrough. The slide began there and Warriors lost as many as six wickets for another 46 runs that robbed them off the momentum to score freely.Nearly half of their 123 came off Walton’s bat. The opener was the fifth man dismissed off the first ball of the 20th over but by then, a middle-order failure ensured that Warriors had to be content with a sub par score. Hasan Ali and Sheldon Cottrell bagged two wickets apiece.In a seemingly easy chase, however, Patriots were troubled early as Steven Jacobs and Rayad Emrit sparked a top-order collapse while defending a paltry 123. Sohail Tanvir sent down a tight first over and the pressure consumed opener Evin Lewis off Jacobs’s first ball of the day. Chris Gayle and Mohammed Hafeez provided some fireworks but the duo was sent back by Emrit in quick succession to add to Patriots’ woes.That soon became 57 for 5 after 10.4 overs as wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas was run out cheaply and Brandon King became Jacobs’s second victim. The chase seemed all but over but Brathwaite came to their rescue with a timely reminder of his six-hitting abilities.He went after Permaul, hitting him for three sixes in successive overs to narrow down the gap between the asking rate and their run rate. Next up, he destroyed Emrit’s impressive figures by scoring back to back boundaries to bring the equation down to 19 off the final four overs before getting out to Tanvir.However, Carter, who had settled in by then, didn’t let all of Brathwaite’s hard work go down the drain. He took bare minimum risk in his 30-ball 29 but helped the team off to a winning start by polishing off the chase in the penultimate over.Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 123/7 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 60; Hasan Ali 2-19, Sheldon Cottrell 2-18) lost to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 124/6 in 19 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 31, Jonathan Carter 29*; Ryad Emrit 2-14, Steven Jacobs 2-23) by four wickets.last_img read more

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Week 16 Fantasy Rankings: Kicker

first_imgWeek 16 is finally here. All of your blood, sweat, and tears has brought you to your fantasy football championship game. There’s no better feeling than playing for a title, even if it’s just in a virtually scored league based on the actions of real-life people you’ll probably never meet. Thank goodness it won’t come down to a game-winning kick because you got rid of kickers before this season. Wait… your league still has kickers? You actually need some Week 16 fantasy kicker rankings? Well, luckily for you, I wrote some more words and put some names in order.It’s winning time, and that means there’s no messing around — no being lazy and not changing your kicker just because you don’t want to take the time to do it. Just like I advised last week, two of the biggest factors when choosing a kicker this time of year is whether misses count against you and what the weather forecast looks like. We’ll make adjustments as the week goes on due to the latter. (Update: Keep an eye on Greg Zuerlein’s health ahead of Saturday as he deals with a quad injury.)WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STAt first glance, one thing stood out this week: Matt Prater gets to return and kick in the thin air of Denver. We know how intriguing he was as a fantasy kicker during his time with the Broncos, and so that intrigue is back this week (weather permitting). We also have Zane Gonzalez, Matt Gay and Younghoe Koo as high as they’ve been all season because they just keep on draining kicks.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPIf you’re in a tricky kicker spot for some reason, give Josh Lambo a try. Getting to use his big leg in Atlanta’s dome against a defense that should allow ball movement could pay off. MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderLike I said above, these rankings will be updated throughout the week if there are any late-season kicker moves or particularly concerning or helpful weather developments, so check back later in the week, too.  WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 16 Fantasy Rankings: KickerMORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsRankPlayer1Justin Tucker, BAL @ CLE2Greg Zuerlein, LAR @ SF3Michael Badgley, LAC vs. OAK4Wil Lutz, NO @ TEN5Zane Gonzalez, ARZ @ SEA6Matt Gay, TB vs. HOU7Younghoe Koo, ATL vs. JAX8Harrison Butker, KC @ CHI9Joey Slye, CAR @ IND10Matt Prater, DET @ DEN11Dan Bailey, MIN vs. GB12Jason Myers, SEA vs. ARZ13Mason Crosby, GB @ MIN14Josh Lambo, JAX @ ATL15Jason Sanders, MIA vs. CIN16Jake Elliott, PHI vs. DAL17Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU @ TB18Brandon McManus, DEN vs. DET19Daniel Carlson, OAK @ LAC20Kai Forbath, DAL @ PHI21Chris Boswell, PIT @ NYJ22Eddy Pineiro, CHI vs. KC23Austin Seibert, CLE vs. BAL24Robbie Gould, SF vs. LAR25Dustin Hopkins, WAS vs. NYG26Greg Joseph, TEN vs. NO27Sam Ficken, NYJ vs. PIT28Chase McLaughlin, IND vs. CAR29Randy Bullock, CIN @ MIA30Aldrick Rosas, NYG @ WAS31Nick Folk, NE vs. BUF32Stephen Hauschka, BUF @ NElast_img read more

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