Author Archives: Ryan Buesnel

About Ryan Buesnel

Welcome to my page! I am a writer and musician from Sydney who enjoys reading philosophy, theology and military history. I am a Ph.D. Candidate through Charles Sturt University, with my thesis exploring the activities of the German State Church during the Third Reich-era.

Kafka’s Metamorphosis and the Acceptance of Tragedy

Franz Kafka’s short-story Metamorphosis is a harrowing depiction of a bizarre physical and mental transformation. A salesman by the name of Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to find that he has inexplicably developed into an insect. No explanation is given as … Continue reading

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Netflix’s Fargo and the Morality of Crisis

‘I got a cold mind to go tripping cross that thin line Sick of doing straight time.’ Bruce Springsteen, Straight Time. I have recently been enjoying the Netflix T.V. series Fargo. Set in rural Minnesota, Fargo explores a range of … Continue reading

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On Becoming Who One Is

In 1971 the Who’s Pete Townshend wrote the following lyrics: ‘Please don’t say that you know me Cause I don’t even know myself.’ Known for his turbulent and often troubled life, Townshend’s angst and confusion reflect the difficult journey many … Continue reading

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Made Me Smile #3

I. A Woman sitting opposite me on the train. It is peak hour. She is reading a novel which is apparently the funniest thing in the world. She cannot control her laughter, despite her best attempts at reigning it in … Continue reading

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True Crime as Entertainment

I have always been a true crime buff. As I child, I distinctly remember my Dad regularly bringing home a periodical magazine titled Murder Casebook. Each edition of Murder Casebook would profile a different serial killer, with the first volume … Continue reading

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Why Study the Nazi Church?

I have recently been asked on several occasions why I have decided to dedicate the next three years of my life to studying for a Ph.D. focussing the Lutheran State Church under Nazi rule. The question is asked by those … Continue reading

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The Famous Five and the Spirit of Adventure

It’s funny the things which stick with you from childhood. I am a 37-year-old man who often finds myself remembering childhood moments which captivated my imagination. Just the other day I experienced a flashback to when I was in grade … Continue reading

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