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Peter Blum

Peter Blum
Peter C. Blum teaches sociology and philosophy at Hillsdale College. He considers himself an intellectual, by which he means that the views he expresses are not necessarily his own, let alone those of any group or organization with which he is affiliated. He is author of For a Church to Come: Experiments in Postmodern Theory and Anabaptist Thought.
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Looking out the window; A skiff of Michigan snow Lies in “innocence” there Like a story’s opening line. “Once there was a,” maybe Or “Long ago,” perhaps Not a blow to the head Or boot to one’s behind But a silent invitation To something still unspoken. Tempting as it is...
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I find myself for a moment in the interesting position of not knowing whether what I have to say should be regarded as something long known and self-evident or something completely new and strange. I suspect,...
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This essay is a bit of a follow-up to my earlier essay, "Is Jacques Derrida Serious? or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Deconstruction."  If you are at all familiar with...
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Peter Blum Fifty and four you are today I see the years cascading now Rather than ache and slowly crawl They used to do the latter, no? Or was it just a youthful gaze That saw the years...
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In response to an earlier post on The Imaginative Conservative, a valued colleague asked me if I would clarify how I understand the relationship between my attraction to so-called "postmodern" thinkers, like Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida,...
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I have a small and secret desire, well-hid. Secret from whom, you ask? Secret from me, I suspect, Or maybe I am a suspect, secretly, Quietly desiring. This is the week to bring a secret forth Not by telling, no "big...

Those of us who identify in various ways as “conservative,” especially in academic settings, have a story that we like to tell. It is a story wherein we are the heroes, and the villain bears the name “relativism.” We all believe in...
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That “friend” is now so widely verbified Online (I friended someone new just now) Calls friendship into some degree of question Does it not? Perhaps “that ship has sailed”? And does this not imply a shipping charge If ship is...
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Laughter dies a cruel but temporary death only seconds after my arrival home. Withered amidst strain; slackening, slighted.Bitten through, the instant hangs hateful and hard, typically lacking grace and form.Evening greetings are lost...
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October 11th was "National Coming Out Day."  Every year, this observance reminds me of the time when I first came out, when I was a graduate student. Though I was raised in a...