Category: Writing

Monday

Language Poverty The cold weather is coming back. That means it’s time to beat the “fuel poverty” drum. According to the mainstream press, a person lives in fuel poverty …

Tuesday

Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly Are you “flipping hamburgers” or “making magic”? It depends on where you work. At Disney, all the modern day indentured servants (“interns”) are making …

Tuesday

Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly Aristotle said metaphors are the mark of genius. Others today argue that figurative speech is dangerous. A new book explores. . . . more>> …

Tuesday

Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly Pedophiles. Abusers secretly moved to other posts. Rampant cover-up. Dang Catholics! Oh wait. They’re talking about the public schools. . . . more>> A …

Tuesday

Flannery “Do you really think Flannery O’Connor was a great writer? She’s such a Roman Catholic.” A moron actually asked that moronic question back in 1972 when O’Connor posthumously …

From the Notebooks

On Clichés Language has its limits: Great philosophers have struggled to articulate the truths they’ve discerned. Mystics have been rendered dumb by the beauty they’ve seen. The everyday person …

Bad Writing Monday

China wins: 223-220. We finished just two dropped batons behind. __________ One of the most knowledgeable writers I’ve ever met sent the following story from The Associated Press. Boys …

Monday Moanin’

I hardly qualify as a classicist, but I’ve read a lot of mythology, most of Plato, chunks of Aristotle, and an assortment of others. Despite this hobby, I’d never …

Oxford American

I realize I’m not suppose to be blogging on Saturdays, but just one quick thing: If you want good writing, subscribe to Oxford American. I’ve been enjoying it for …