Monthly Archives: May 2019

Jane Austen Used Pins to Edit Her Manuscripts: Before the Word Processor & White-Out

  Before the word processor, before White-Out, before Post It Notes, there were straight pins. Or, at least that’s what Jane Austen used to make edits in one of her rare manuscripts. In 2011, Oxford’s Bodleian Library acquired the manuscript of … Continue reading

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Honor And Remember

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Shelf Life: A Must-Read, Lifetime-Learning List for Men Part 2 By George Grant

Readers are inveterate and unapologetic list makers.  Indeed, according to Umberto Eco, “Lists are the most necessary literary accessories of all.”  There are lists of books that must be read.  There are lists of books that must be reread.  There … Continue reading

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Why is ‘p’ not pronounced in words like ‘psychology’ and ‘pseudo’ in English but pronounced in other languages?

When it comes to silent letters, English has many. They are there, standing firm, occupying space and charge you for extra ink but not pronounced at all. Many people hate them for being there and they fuss about why for … Continue reading

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Socialism Destroys the Human Character By Theodore Dalrymple

True socialists do not want a better world, they want a perfect one. That is why they so often view piecemeal amelioration with disdain or even hostility, and why they are willing to sacrifice the happiness of a present generation … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: A Must-Read, Lifetime-Learning List for Men Part 1 By George Grant

  Readers are inveterate and unapologetic list makers.  Indeed, according to Umberto Eco, “Lists are the most necessary literary accessories of all.”  There are lists of books that must be read.  There are lists of books that must be reread.  … Continue reading

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A Girl’s Garden by Robert Frost

A NEIGHBOR of mine in the village Likes to tell how one spring When she was a girl on the farm, she did A childlike thing. One day she asked her father To give her a garden plot To plant … Continue reading

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