The Man Who Asks: “Do States Accept Murder as a Means to Reduce Unemployment?” [A Short Story of a Kind]

Questions need to be formed appropriately, and that is rhetorically and intellectually appropriately, although too many I talk to have little idea that there is an appropriateness to questions other than some topical or situational appropriateness that panders to emotions in the basest ways. ---A Fragment by an Anonymous Author "What is really behind DeBlasio's … Continue reading The Man Who Asks: “Do States Accept Murder as a Means to Reduce Unemployment?” [A Short Story of a Kind]

Explanation is not Rationalization

Poor people everywhere are not rich, thereby not affluent, perhaps undereducated, for the most part almost certainly semi-literate, although thoroughly alphabetic. In being poor, certain correlations with crime and violence get disseminated as they have also been proliferated among the affluent and the more highly educated. Correlation has often been confused with causation and this … Continue reading Explanation is not Rationalization

Con-tempo-centric

Our greatest, most potent, most persistent, centrism is con-tempo-centrism. The temporal myopia resulting from this is our greatest problem politically, as well as socio-economically, as well as in all matters of humanism or in any defense (if any) we muster for humanity. We seriously misunderstand our nature and our nurture through a corrupted understanding of … Continue reading Con-tempo-centric

The Etymological Persistence Hypothesis

Contrary to the etymological fallacy, whereby one asserts that a word's meaning should be or is what the meaning of its traceable origin was, is the etymological persistence hypothesis, where the etymology of a word, and the connotative history of the word in a culture, remain residual in the word's understanding, and is present even … Continue reading The Etymological Persistence Hypothesis

Does Anyone at Least Half-literate Recall the Terrible Forty of Athens?

The monied elites in America are an aristocracy of oligarchic power who are more entrenched in that power than at any other time in our history. They are all of a kind more or less than kin that America has endured since its inception as an alleged democratic nation, the kind of nation that chooses … Continue reading Does Anyone at Least Half-literate Recall the Terrible Forty of Athens?

Obama and His Governing of the Elite, or is it for the Elite?

Obama put at ease outrage over Bush, over monied power elites in America's ruling class of greed. But Obama's in the hands of the banks as he pretends to speak against Power and Money for the people, those of us naive enough to have succumbed, as I have on more than occasion, to Obama's eloquence. … Continue reading Obama and His Governing of the Elite, or is it for the Elite?

What is Reading When Reading is Separated from Writing? An Opening Statement

I have met very few people, even among those most of us today would call educated people, who have any idea what they are saying when they refer to the act of reading, the performance of reading. We have for too long separated reading and writing as distinct categories of operation--is that mental operation? Certainly, … Continue reading What is Reading When Reading is Separated from Writing? An Opening Statement

Bravo, Charlie; A Polemic in 59 words

Jean Renoir was right when he said that there would have been no Hollywood without Chaplin. Let other people think what they think about how other people did what they did to create Hollywood--Chaplin, the world's first universal man, was it. He created movies, if you excuse the hyperbole that is virtually not hyperbole. Bravo, … Continue reading Bravo, Charlie; A Polemic in 59 words

Different Points; or The Polemical Position of Someone Who is not a Religious Fanatic (a fictional essay)

for Daniel Defoe He found a text in printed pages, Times New Roman 12. The pages were left without a name reference on a radiator in a classroom at his college. There was no class in that room the period before or the period before that. He made no inquiries.He kept it and read it … Continue reading Different Points; or The Polemical Position of Someone Who is not a Religious Fanatic (a fictional essay)

Salvation is not for Women????

El Salvador, or the Savior, or the One who brings Salvation is the name of a Central American country and remains a cruel joke (reminiscent of the jokes told by guards in the Nazis camps) for all women in the country. El Salvador just might have the strictest abortion laws in the world, certainly the … Continue reading Salvation is not for Women????

A Haiku Is When; or, What Can Your Brevity Hold?

An essay by a man who writes haiku and publishes an on-line literary review. He imagines that there is an audience out there for what he writes, but he is wrong. He imagines that there must be someone who cares, who agrees or who understands; he is again mistaken. No one cares what he says … Continue reading A Haiku Is When; or, What Can Your Brevity Hold?

Nouvelle York, Mon Amour [A Short Story]

Know your audience. --a freshman composition adjunct lecturer's mantra to his class   A man says to a woman he has met in his journal as he sits at a table in a café over a cup of coffee and a croissant for breakfast one morning sometime a decade or more ago: I first read Hiroshima, … Continue reading Nouvelle York, Mon Amour [A Short Story]

The Politics of Being Polite?

There is no telling it like it is anymore. Everyone is spinning his wheels around and around at a dizzying rate. Truth? That's laughable for most. Little 't' truths? Props in a shell game we like to play. All of us submit to the new politique where everyone is psychopathically polite. Emily Post had nothing … Continue reading The Politics of Being Polite?

Jeremiah Was a Prophet and not a Bullfrog

For the Prophet Jeremiah. The perpetual demand from criticism that it be specific or specify with strings of isolated examples to prove what it is saying is one of the great diversions of criticism, one of the crippling effects on critique. It establishes a pretext for criticism that  stands with the first and last step in our guiding epistemology: … Continue reading Jeremiah Was a Prophet and not a Bullfrog

Narrator, Narrating, Narrated; What’s an Author to Do? Asks the Man [Flash Fiction]

You do know that  a story is a story is a story, and that you are not supposed to get indignant over how a narrator chooses to narrate in the story he tells. Therefore, to confuse narrator and author is debased enough, but to confuse author for the man is just as grotesque in its … Continue reading Narrator, Narrating, Narrated; What’s an Author to Do? Asks the Man [Flash Fiction]