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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Four

We have previously discussed bad novels as being worthy of defense, and a couple of grounds for defending bad novels in terms of the questions that they raise and the preoccupations that they show. I would like to close this … Continue reading

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A Well-Armed Society Is A Polite Society

One of the most profound similarities between the generally antagonistic cultures of the Antebellum white South and contemporary black culture is something that is also shared with the culture of Southeast Asia that I witnessed in my time in Thailand. … Continue reading

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Cum Enim Omnia Saeva

What is it that makes our contemporary situation so harsh and savage when it comes to politics? To be sure, I feel the savagery as much as anyone else does, and perhaps unlike most, I wish to understand it. What … Continue reading

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On The Relationship Between Reading And Writing And Grammar

It is perhaps unsurprising that reading and writing and grammar have all been taught at the same time.  In many ways these tasks are interrelated together.  Reading is one of the main ways that we gain information (and misinformation) about … Continue reading

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The Unspoken Conversations

One of the things that fascinates me is conversations that are left unsaid.  And being a person who both talks a lot and does not talk nearly enough simultaneously, it is perhaps unsurprising that I would notice the unspoken conversations … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Tone Policing

Among all the beleaguered and assaulted forms of policing in our present evil world, I would like to stand up today in defense of one of the most obscure forms of policing, and that is tone policing.  As anyone who … Continue reading

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Hermenteutics Of Meanness

The more I look around the world, and see the issues that exist in communication, the more I become aware that the absence of the hermeneutic of charity is one of the most essential aspects of the problems that we … Continue reading

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To Justify Is Human

The capacity for self-justification is one of those universal human tendencies which frequently causes us problems as human beings.  As someone who has a not insignificant portion of this particular quality, I do not comment on the issue in order … Continue reading

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The Problems At The Base Of It All

One of the most obvious aspects of our world is the fundamental problem that we have when two people do not agree on the same authorities.  Ultimately, for two people to be agreed they must have a wide degree of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unleavened Bread

Unleavened Bread, by Robert Grant It is hard to imagine that this book was a best seller in 1900.  Reading this book some 120 years after it was written, it is easy enough to see that the author was trying … Continue reading

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