Tag Archives: John Ralston Saul

Bring Out Your Dead: Honouring Our Lost Ones

“To trouble the public mind by crying ‘epidemic’ was no light thing.” —J.H. Powell, Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793, Time-Life Books, 1949 (1965 ed.) Part 1. The Sociopolitical I predict that … Continue reading

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Poetry of Resistance—or Capitulation?

What are poets for? What are their uses? It’s an age-old question. Are we low-rent historians, minus the faculty of objective thought? Are we entertainers, just another sideshow in the global entertainment-industrial complex? Are we comforters of the human spirit, … Continue reading

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Postmodernism? Or Social Control?

“The writer is meant to be the faithful witness of everyman and should therefore be neither within society nor without.” —John Ralston Saul[1] Are the techniques of postmodernism in literature truly revolutionary? Or just another subtle mode of social control? Putting … Continue reading

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