Durkheim’s Theory of ‘Anomic Suicide’ Reflected in Blake’s “London”

William Blake’s poem “London” can be directly correlated with French sociologist Emile Durkheim’s theory of “anomic suicide.” Blake discusses his personal distaste for the recent state of the city of London, describing the “mark” the change of society has imprinted on it’s individuals. Durkheim’s theory is based upon those individuals affected by such societal change and a possible explanation for suicide in society.

Blake describes the unfortunate condition of his hometown of London, England; post the French Revolution and post-industrialization and urbanization of the 19th century. Due to overpopulation, unhealthy working conditions, scarce resources, and a generally squalor environment, London was plagued with disease, harlots, poverty, and a jaded working class. Blake displays sympathy for the working class of London, stating how they are “marked” with signs of sadness, “weakness,” “woe,” and grief from their lost city. Blake’s poem is his own personal “mark” of depression and mourning of the London he once loved. Blake also comments on the English’s complete loss of faith in the church; claiming, “every blackning Church appalls” –exhibiting the people’s inability to provide the slightest form of consolation. Blake asserts that all pathways lead to suffering and death and provides the reader with no closure or resolution to the people of London’s pain.

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Overgrown Mean Girls: What The Real Housewives Say About Today’s Women

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Bravo’s hit reality television show The Real Housewives of New York City features seven prominent Manhattan women: Bethenny Frankel, Jill Zarin, LuAnn De Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, and Sonja Morgan.

This series is only the second installation of Bravo television network’s empire of wealthy kept women, a spin-off, along with an Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and Washington D.C., of the original series The Real Housewives of Orange County that premiered in 2006. The Orange County-based installation ran on Bravo for five season, New York City for three, and New Jersey for two.

These women are not just socialites prancing around Manhattan sipping martinis, ravaging the racks at Bergdorf’s, and taking shots of Patron on yachts in the Hamptons; they are natural food chefs, writers, graphic designers, magazine editors, and businesswomen. These intelligent, well-spoken, ambitious, worldly, and beautiful women theoretically are perfect role models for young girls in the age where a 17-year-old Miley Cyrus shows off her pole dancing skills in hot pants at the Teen Choice Awards.

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TRANSform Me—Beauty in the Transgender Community

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We’ve all seen those ridiculous makeover shows where perfectly manicured stylists educate the less fashionable by telling them not to wear grungy, oversized tee shirts, make their little makeover project cry because they’ve “never felt this beautiful before,” and make the audience laugh with snappy remarks about glitter eyeshadow.

TRANSform Me is VH1’s attempt to put their own fresh spin on that overdone makeover show.

But what makes this show different? No, the Flavor of Love girls are not directing the makeovers and the Tool Academy kids are (unfortunately) not the makeover candidates. The twist is that glam squad consists of three transgender women, the main host: Laverne Cox, the Tyra Banks look-a-like with a pillowy, lacquered lips and a huge horse-like weave who specializes in “heart-to-hearts” (aka making girls cry,) Jamie Clayton, the quirky redhead who acts as makeup guru, and Nina Poon who rounds out the trio acting as the closet-raider.

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Brookline ZBA Unanimously Approves Runkle School Expansion

On Thursday, February 4th, Chairwoman Enid Starr, Jesse Geller and Mark Zuroff, collectively the Zoning Board of Appeals, unanimously decided to approve the expansion of the Runkle elementary school at 50 Druce Street in Brookline. However, the decision came with the condition that there must be a Transportation Department traffic study to ensure safety in the area surrounding the school prior to the anticipating reopening of the school.

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Brookline’s Reaction To Scott Brown’s Victory

February 1, 2010

Most Brookline residents assumed Democratic candidate Martha Coakley would win the Massachusetts special Senate election because Massachusetts is usually a blue state. The Senate seat, tragically devoid due to Ted Kennedy’s death last August, has become crucial in the potential legislation regarding national healthcare. But come January 19, 2010 Republican candidate Scott Brown was victorious. The election results came as a major shock to Brookline voters.

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Local Anti-Fur Protestors Inconvenience Brookline’s Elite

Animal cruelty victims were mourned at a peaceful protest outside a local fur boutique in Brookline last Saturday.

I.J. Fox, Harris, and Klaff fur shop was the site of the demonstration by Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC.) MARC is a local non-profit organization dedicated to campaigning against fur and all other animal-related industries. The five-year-old group braved the cold to stand outside the store in the usual territory stomped by the designer stilettos of wealthy clientele, armed only with handmade signs.

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