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It’s about that time of day

March 10th, 2012 · No Comments

“An Algonkin word which an unliterary translator might render correctly as dawn, actually means ‘hither-whiteness-comes-walking.’” — Mary Austin, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVIII, Ch. XXXII, Sec. 12 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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We must cultivate our garden

March 6th, 2012 · 6 Comments

“He who never has a garden, and knows naught of flowers, and never looks back into the earthly paradise,—he is but a slave and serf of the plough, and is accursed.” — Francis Daniel Pastorius (quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVIII, Ch. XXXI, Sec. 2) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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One would hope

March 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The peasant and the pedant, though one talks like a man and the other like a book, are alike in that each speaks his language in only one way; the educated man knows and employs his language in three or four ways. He has only an enlightened sense of appropriateness to guide him.” — Harry […]

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So that’s where it’s been hiding

March 4th, 2012 · No Comments

“Excellence is largely a matter of details.” — Harry Morgan Ayres, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVIII, Ch. XXX. Sec. 3 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Franca’s lingua and mother’s tongue

March 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

“Variety is of the essence of language. Uniformity and consistency are inventions of philosophical grammarians whose efforts are most successful when they deal with a language no longer used to satisfy elementary social needs. A living language is one of the mores of a social group; it is neither a biological growth unaffected by human […]

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You kinky beast, you

March 1st, 2012 · 7 Comments

“The ages do not exhaust, nor custom limit, the variety of ways for satisfying popular taste.” — Percy H. Boynton, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVIII, Ch. XXVI, Sec. 1 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Yee-haw! Git along, little dogies

February 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The best way to do good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” — Benjamin Franklin (quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVIII, Ch. XXIV, Sec. 3) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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What’s the role for unpopular information?

February 20th, 2012 · No Comments

“A popular government, without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.”  — James Madison (quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Ch. XXIII, Sec. 18) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Indirectly can be any direction

February 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The knowledge of what tends neither directly nor indirectly to make better men and better citizens is but a knowledge of trifles. It is not learning but a specious and ingenious sort of idleness.” — The Rev. Dr. William Smith (Provost, University of Pennsylvania, 1755-1779), quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, […]

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Ignorance and silence in the name of God

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments

“Learning has brought disobedience and heresy and sects into the world and printing has divulged them and libels against the best of governments. God keep us from both.” — Sir William Berkeley (Governor of Virginia, 1641-1677), quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Ch. XXIII, Sec. 3 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Would you like fries with that?

February 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“The man who serves is the one who comes to understand other men.” — Nathaniel Wright Stephenson, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Ch. XXII, Sec. 9 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Minding everyone’s business

February 15th, 2012 · No Comments

“Gradually public opinion concerning the scope and purpose of government in its relation to the general welfare underwent a transformation. The view which had long been dominant was that national prosperity depended upon the prosperity of the manufacturing and commercial classes of the country; when they flourished the labourer would enjoy a ‘full dinner pail,’ […]

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Perhaps not

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

“If in war time the theatre has made itself necessary, does it not follow that some day the Government, regarding the theatre as a necessary social institution for the American people, will give it Congressional support in its artistic maintenance, and recognize its importance by having it represented in the Presidential Cabinet by a Secretary […]

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Artists know

January 23rd, 2012 · 5 Comments

“The great and tragic fact of experience is the fact of effort and passionate toil which never finds complete satisfaction. This eternal frustration of our ideals or will is an essential part of spiritual life, and enriches it just as the shadows enrich the picture or certain discords bring about richer harmony.” — Morris R. […]

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When science was king

January 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

“Commonly we fix beliefs by reiterating them, by surrounding them with emotional safeguards, and by avoiding anything which casts doubt upon them—by ‘the will to believe.’ This method breaks down when the community ceases to be homogeneous. Social effort, by the method of authority, to eliminate diversity of beliefs also fails in the end to […]

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The view from without the cave

January 21st, 2012 · No Comments

“Intellectual pioneers are rarely gregarious creatures. In their isolation they lose touch with those who follow the beaten paths, and when they return to the community they speak strangely of strange sights, so that few have the faith to follow them and change their trails into high roads.” — Morris R. Cohen, The Cambridge History […]

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Ideas whose time came

January 20th, 2012 · 5 Comments

“Out of unrestricted competition arise many wrongs that the State must redress and many abuses which it must check. It may become the duty of the State to reform its taxation, so that its burdens shall rest less heavily upon the lower classes; to repress monopolies of all sorts; to prevent and punish gambling; to […]

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Welcome to America

January 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Dishonest men can be bought and ignorant men can be manipulated. This is the kind of government which private capital, invested in public-service industries, naturally feels that it must have.” — Washington Gladden (quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Ch. XVI, Sec. 12) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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But it’s been so upliftingish

January 8th, 2012 · No Comments

“There can be no doubt that American literature has considerably suffered from the platitudinous didactic note.” — George S. Hellman, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Book III, Ch. XIII, Sec. 16 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Call me any name you like

January 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Honor is conscious and willing loyalty to the highest inward leading.  It is the quality which cannot be insulted.” — George William Curtis (quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Ch. XIII, Sec. 4) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 4.6 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

November 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

“A little thing may be perfect, but perfection is not a little thing.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVII, Ch. X, Sec. 3) High Street 4.6 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.7 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” […]

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Getting it right

October 9th, 2011 · No Comments

“[Henry] James was the most consummate artist American literature has produced. He was fastidious by nature and by early training. He had studied his art in France as men study sculpture in Italy, and he had learned the French mastery of form. Nowhere in his writings may we find slovenly work. His opening and closing […]

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Unpacking the object

October 7th, 2011 · No Comments

“According to [Henry] James, a short story was the analysis of a situation, the psychological phenomena of a group of men and women at an interesting moment. Given two, three, four different temperaments, bring them into a certain situation, and what would be the action and reaction? The story was a problem to be solved. […]

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The soul of contention

October 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Hawthorne added soul to the short story and made it a form that could be taken seriously even by those who had contended that it was inferior to the longer forms of fiction. He centred his effort about a single situation and gave to the whole tale unity of impression. Instead of elaboration of detail, […]

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The uses of culture

September 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“Culture is a very fine thing, indeed, but it is never of much account either in life or in literature, unless it is used as a cat uses a mouse, as a source of mirth and luxury.” — Joel Chandler Harris (from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVI, Book III, Part […]

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In a minor key

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments

“Music is love in search of a word.” — Sidney Lanier (quoted in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVI, Ch. IV, Sec. 32) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Traveling lightly

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

“No poet or prose man can take down to posterity a baggage wagon of his works, and he is lucky if he can save enough to fill a saddle-bag.” — Brander Matthews, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVI, Ch. 23 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Scribal motivation

June 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“My subject had taken me up, drawn me on, and absorbed me into itself. It was necessary for me, it seemed, to write the book I had been thinking much of, even if it were destined to fall dead from the press, and I had no inclination or interest to write any other.” — John […]

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How it can be done

June 17th, 2011 · No Comments

“A skilful literary artist has constructed a tale. If wise, he has not fashioned his thoughts to accommodate his incidents; but having conceived, with deliberate care, a certain unique or single effect to be wrought out, he then invents such incidents—he then combines such events as may best aid him in establishing this preconceived effect. If […]

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Keeping things balanced

June 16th, 2011 · No Comments

“Patriotism is a curious passion. It does not seem possible to love one’s own country except by hating some other country.” — Archibald MacMechan (from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVI, Book II, Ch. 10) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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