Eckermann’s Instruction—Goethe On Aesthetic Valuation

"Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good, but of the truly excellent. I, therefore, show you only the best works; and when you are grounded in these, you will have a standard for the rest, which you will know how to value, without overrating them. And I show you… Continue reading Eckermann’s Instruction—Goethe On Aesthetic Valuation

The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate (1997)

"The Highly Selective Dictionary can be thought of as an antidote to the ongoing, poisonous effects wrought by the forces of linguistic darkness—aided by permissive lexicographers who blithely acquiesce to the depredations of unrestrained language butchers."   —Eugene Ehrlich, Preface to The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate. Eugene Ehrlich's The Highly Selective Dictionary… Continue reading The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate (1997)

The First Book Printed In English-America

§.00 The first book known to have been printed in English-America is the Whole Book of Psalms (Bay Psalm Book, or, New England Version Of The Psalms) and was printed by Stephen Daye in Massachusetts, 1640 (20 years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth). §.01 The New England settlers were partial to Henry Ainsworth's version… Continue reading The First Book Printed In English-America

Commonly Confused Words: Demur & Demure

Though demur and demure look similar and are pronounced similarly (sometimes the same),  each have a completely different meaning. Demur (verb) means: to object, or, take exception.  | "Aren't you going to try some fruitcake?" He demurred, recoiling from his dish with disgust, "You expect me to eat this? What are you trying to do, kill… Continue reading Commonly Confused Words: Demur & Demure

Archive Obscura: A List of Small, Independent Literary Publications

Editor's note: this list is still being compiled and will be updated semi-regularly. Names of publications arranged in alphabetical order (with numbers preceding letters). Links will be added shortly. If you are a member of one of the organizations listed and you wish to be removed (or if you are not and wish to be added),… Continue reading Archive Obscura: A List of Small, Independent Literary Publications

Navigating Between Its’, It’s & Its

Its', It's and Its are some of the most commonly used (and misused) three letter word-forms in English. To use them properly it should be understood that its' is always incorrect to use, thus anytime you see you're writing its', substitute it for either "it's" or "its" depending on what the sentence requires. It's and Its,… Continue reading Navigating Between Its’, It’s & Its

Reading List Of Works Formative To Early American Thought

Medieval Works Ordinance of William the Conqueror (1072). Laws of William the Conqueror (c. 1066). Constitutions of Clarendon (1164). Assize of Clarendon (1166). Magna Carta (1215). De Legibus Et Consuetudinibus Angliæ (c. 1235). Summa Theologica (1265-1273). Marco Polo's Travels (c. 1300). The First Manual of Parliamentary Procedure (c. 1350). The Declaration of Arbroath (1320). 15th… Continue reading Reading List Of Works Formative To Early American Thought

Fiction Circular 9/26/18

FLASH From The Dark Netizen, the supernatural revenge story, Highway To Hell. "Now, he was bringing hell to the demon…" ---Highway To Hell. ◊ From And Miles Before I Go To Sleep... Daughter's Surprise by Ramya Tantry. "You sacrificed your wishes so that you can fulfill mine." ---Daughter's Surprise ◊ From Heart In Print By Jaya,… Continue reading Fiction Circular 9/26/18

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2

Putting aside many of the age-old questions concerning the validity of the concept of Human Nature one can with absolute certainty say that there are Human Universals, that is, Human Generalities. Everyone who exists was born and everyone who was born will die. Everyone feels the pangs of hunger and thirst, of dread and envy, jealousy… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2