As students prepare for final exams, English majors across all of FAU’s campuses are compiling journal articles and other research and building works cited pages for their final essays. One student, Sophomore Tyler Adams, has gotten in contact with Hoot correspondents in search of any solutions to a particular problem.
“Well, you see, I was in a rut,” said Adams over a Zoom call. “I was a little confused about what the hell Transcendentalism actually is. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly paying attention this semester. Anyway, I decided that the best thing to explain what it is would be a primary source, so I got out the Ouija Board.” Adams explained that he called out to the disembodied spirit of Henry David Thoreau in the hope that Thoreau’s spirit could “spell out what’s so cool about Walden Pond.”
After a three hour Ouija Board discussion, Adams then ran into the issue at hand. “What Thoreau’s ghost told me was really good, but I have no idea how to cite a ghostly conversation. I even went to the Purdue OWL, but they didn’t have an MLA entry on ‘ghostly conversations,’ ‘spectral discussions,’ nor even more generic ‘disembodied statements.’ So, readers of the Hoot, I beg of you, how do I cite a Ouija Board conversation with Henry David Thoreau’s ghost?”
At press time, Adams informed us that he had gotten in contact with the chair of the English department. The chair’s response was that he “and the other professors had a meeting on how one would cite a Ouija Board discussion. As per usual with Literary scholars, however, none of us could agree on anything. We have decided to ignore the issue entirely.”