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)

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

Fiction Circular 4/19/19

§00. Editor’s note: links affixed to author/publisher’s name will redirect to author/publisher social media, links affixed to story/article titles will redirect to the site whereupon the named piece is archived. The ‘authors’ section focuses on lone individuals who publish their own literary work, ‘organizations’ section focuses upon independent presses, lit-mags, e-zines and other literary organizations who… Continue reading Fiction Circular 4/19/19

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

Notes On Gustav Jönsson’s High Theory & Low Seriousness

Gustav Jönsson's, High Theory and Low Seriousness (2019) --- a brisk and biting critique of contemporary literary theory published via Quillette  --- opens with an assault upon the practice of 'deep reading' (analytically interrogating a text to find overarching, underlying or purposefully or accidentally embedded meanings which may not necessarily be explicit). Sixty years ago today, just as Henderson… Continue reading Notes On Gustav Jönsson’s High Theory & Low Seriousness

Fiction Circular 1/24/19

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” --- Mark Twain ♦ INDEPENDENT AUTHORS First up, Peter Midnight from The Storyhive. The wings of the angel might belong to the angel of death… --- The Storyhive, Peter Midnight ♦ From… Continue reading Fiction Circular 1/24/19

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