Rock

Rock was racing down the mountain. Rolling faster and faster. Meanwhile, a man was walking along at the foot of the mountain, blithely unaware - let's just collapse the dramatic irony - rock landed on the man and squashed him dead. Strange to...

Inerrancy (6)

In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there...

Belief

The word belief is so often mis-used as to stagger credulity. The word belief simply refers to holding a proposition to be true without, or even regardless of, evidence. Yet, routinely people use the word belief to refer to knowledge, which is...

You are having a laugh

Some people really do make one wonder. There is a post about god vs science. A freespirit took the opportunity to engage in a little anthropogenic global warming propaganda. I pointed out that they were misled. I provided lots of evidence and offered...

Inerrancy (5)

  In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and...

On writing a non-fiction article

I was asked to write about how to write a non-fiction article. So here is some simple advice. When writing any text, one first needs to think about the purpose. What is it that one wishes to achieve? The greater the clarity of one's answer to this...

Inerrancy (4)

In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there...

Inerrancy (3)

In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there...

Inerrancy (2)

  In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and...

Inerrancy

The Bible opens with the claim:   In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.   So...

Is this story a novel?

It is strange to relate, but people argue about whether or not a particular story is a novel. A lot. Vehemently. They can get very excited about it. Amazing. I know. It suggests a failure to appreciate the history of the novel. Unfortunately...

The man who was not there

Ever see something that did not exist? Ever see a dark, threatening stranger in the shadows that was only shadow? Ever heard whisperings in the night that were merely the murmurings of the wind? Ever experience things that did not exist? The answer...

On a proper upbringing

A proper upbringing. I am sure you know what I mean. All that don't tell lies, don't cheat, don't hit people, don't take pleasure in the troubles of others, and the rest, and the rest. A proper upbringing. All very character-building, I am sure....

Prejudice and Bigots

Baroness Warsi is today making a speech in which she is highly critical of the bigotry and prejudice against Muslims. This position is both breathtaking and beyond credulity. It is truly beyond belief to think that she can expect anyone who has calmly...

Just purrrrfect

  The Suffolk Superior Court in Boston has hit on a novel way to ensure justice. Tabby Sal has been summoned for jury service. Tabby Sal's owner, Mrs Anna Esposito wrote to the court, explaining that a mistake must have been made, as Tabby Sal...

First draft

This is the first draft of a story. I would appreciate any critical feedback.   http://public.iwork.com/document/?d=The_examination_of_Father_Blake.pages&a=p1389471094

Oh, how very predictable

In some things, it seems dictators, and their erstwhile femmes, are utterly without imagination and originality. According to Le Monde, immediately prior to his flight from the scene of the crime, failed dictator, Ben Ali, had the country's gold...

Thoughts on Tunisia

The streets are filled with protesters, rioters, looters and uncontrolled police and soldiers. The president has fled. Tunisia is in the midst of a revolution. But what kind of revolution? No one seems to know. It is clear that a substantial...

Revolution

The history of story telling has been one of slow evolution. It can be told in a few simple sentences. First, there was only oral transmission. Then, when writing developed, stories began to be written down. Clay tablets, papyrus, animal skin, wood...

Hemingway's pernicious influence

Ernest Hemingway was one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Some of his work certainly belongs in any list of the classic works of English Literature. The Old Man and the Sea, for instance, is a truly brilliant novella. The story is told...

Politicians and the truth

'...it is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.' Thus Paul Kanjorski opined in the New York Times yesterday. Yet in October of...

Unforgivable

There are some bloggers on this site who write exceptionally well. Their posts are a pleasure to read. They have something to say and they say it in a manner that makes it worth reading. I look forward to their posts. So today when I saw that a...

If I have told you once...

If I have told you once, I have told you a hundred times. Exaggeration? It is when you do it. But when it comes to me, it is done for effect. It is a posh literary technique. Hyperbole. Sounds good. Hyperbole. Sounds great. Sounds like it is made for...

Dark Ages

Today has been a trying time. It has tested my soul and my assumption of progress and the idea, which I cherish, that we have moved beyond supersitition and mythology and entered the land of evidence and reason. This perception has been sorely tested...