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Social Justice Warrior Handbook by Lisa De Pasquale (Book Review)

Social Justice Warrior Handbook by Lisa De Pasquale (Book Review)

In July, I wrote about how we need to support more artists who lean to the right politically. Culture may be downstream from politics as Andrew Breitbart stated, but politics is also greatly influenced by culture.  The intimate relationship between liberal Hollywood and liberal DC politics has been clear for decades. Using artists as media and cultural influencers has been...Read More
Sallust: Impressive New Translation from Quintus Curtius

Sallust: Impressive New Translation from Quintus Curtius

Quintus Curtius is one of my favorite writers. Part of this has to do with who he is as a person. He is one of the last, true Rennaissance Men of modern day. A former marine officer, who then became a lawyer who is also a painter, writer and translator, Quintus Curtius shares his views on discipline, honor, art, politics,...Read More
Why Do Conservative Men Look So Bedraggled?

Why Do Conservative Men Look So Bedraggled?

In the April 22, 2016 edition of the Federalist, writer Henry Scanlon writes about his observations that conservative women are more beautiful, stylish and poised than their liberal counterparts. He’s careful to qualify his statements with credentials like “I spent years in the photography business, which causes me to reflexively notice what things look like” to assure us this is just a...Read More
Unthinking Cerebrals and their Awful Pseudo Intellectual Signaling

Unthinking Cerebrals and their Awful Pseudo Intellectual Signaling

I recently wrote a post called “Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad” about trends in literature that have made books almost unreadable. Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad Putting aside stylistic preferences, the other glaring problem of modern literature is that it is incoherent. Clear, evocative writing is a dying art. Similarly clear, sound thinking...Read More
Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad

Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad

Originally published on The Writing Cooperative.  This week, two writers in my circle were preoccupied with the same question. Why does modern literature suck? As far as I know, these two writers do not know each other. They are in similar political circles (right leaning, conservative) but different creative circles, which made the coincidence of their common interest even more...Read More
Three Reasons You Need to Listen to the Audible Version of Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia

Three Reasons You Need to Listen to the Audible Version of Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia

  I’ve been a fan of Camille Paglia since the summer of 1997 when I sat in the un-air conditioned spare bedroom of my grandmother’s house reading Sexual Personae and wondering at her bold, smart and vibrant tone. The ideas she wrote about were new to me and while I enjoyed the book in my early twenties I can’t say...Read More
The Art of Finishing Things, A Meditation on Writing and the Paintings of Lia Porto

The Art of Finishing Things, A Meditation on Writing and the Paintings of Lia Porto

There is no art in things left unfinished. There is no value in the incomplete. There is nothing meaningful in the unresolved. There are many things in the unfinished that can be admired: hope, inspiration, creativity, passion, indifference and ideas but not art. Art happens at the finish line. Art is where inspiration meets discipline, where passion meets fortitude, where...Read More