Jason Shevach

Rhyme and Reason

Mentor: Doug Bradley

What makes rhyming worthwhile? If you can write something without rhyming, why take the time to think through a rhyme to express it? Furthermore, what if the only way to demonstrate rhyming as worthwhile is through rhyming? In answering these questions, I plan to challenge modern conceptions of worthwhileness in which acts are considered worthwhile only as means toward fulfilling certain ends (that is, linearly: “I do my job in order to make money” or “I play tennis because it is good for my health”), and never as ends in themselves (that is, circularly: “I love you because… I love you”). I plan to explore the relationship between rhyme and reason in order to better understand the concept of worthwhileness by writing in both rhyme and reason. As a result, this project will take the shape of a creative zine in which I construct a dialogue between philosophical discussions of rhyme, reason, and worth, and offer more creative modes of expressing an interplay between the three concepts, such as poetry.

Read Jason’s project, Beginning to Essay:

“Writing on and of Worthwhileness”

“The New Plagiarism and a Heideggerian Foray into Fear”

“Rhyme and Reason”

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