Monthly Archives: January 2014

Twilight of the Renaissance Man? Pt.2

Part 2: The Author as Visionary “Men with strong religious and revolutionary faith, men with well thought-out plans for improving the lot of their fellows, whether in this world or the next, have been more systematically and cold-bloodedly cruel than … Continue reading


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Twilight of the Renaissance Man? Pt.1

Part 1: The Novel of Ideas vs. Action, Action, Action! I once heard a writing instructor at a major international writers festival tell his audience: “If Dostoyevsky were alive today, he wouldn’t be able to get published.” I took immediate … Continue reading

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Fiddling While the Planet Burns

Despite the concerted dumbing down of the masses over the past 30 years or so, and the almost complete evaporation from public schooling of the classics, from the ancient Roman writers to Chaucer to Shakespeare, most are surely familiar with … Continue reading

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