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how astrology works, part 5: holding the mirror up to nature

In my last post I discussed the 4 levels of meaning in a story, as established (so I believe) by the grammarians of the ancient library of Alexandria. If you’re curious about how all this relates to astrology, stick with … Continue reading

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On Rhetoric by Aristotle

On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse by Aristotle My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not Aristotle’s clearest or best organized work, but still part of the core curriculum of a liberal education. Why read Aristotle today? Because he is … Continue reading

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truth and fiction

The man crossed the street. Question: is the above sentence fiction or nonfiction? There’s no way of knowing, is there. Which man? Which street? When? We’d need to know these things before hazarding an answer. Bob Carlson crossed 5th Avenue … Continue reading

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on knowing what you’re doing

Even though I’m a writer and have always considered myself such, it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve taken any interest in literary criticism. My lack of interest was probably due to a number of perceptions I … Continue reading

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The Epic Cosmos edited by Larry Allums

The Epic Cosmos by James Larry Allums My rating: 5 of 5 stars Looking at epics ancient and modern, each of the 12 essays in this collection offers deeply considered insights into the significance of epic as a literary form. … Continue reading

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