Time takes a cigarette …

Thinking of rhetorical devices used in song (as highlighted by both Forsyth and Romm), I’ve just remembered one of my favourite lines: “Time takes a cigarette And puts it in your mouth” The opening line from David Bowie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (from the Ziggy Stardust album). Aside from the staccato alliteration of “Time takes”, […]

Elements of Eloquence – @inkyfool

Mark Forsyth’s Elements of Eloquence has bounced up to the top of my list of best books on writing. Like Joseph J Romm’s Language Intelligence, it covers the lost art of rhetoric – a topic that was standard fare for Shakespeare and his contemporaries (including the scholars who created the King James Bible). Each chapter […]

Echoes through time: the very best that can be said or done

What is the very best that can be said or done with the materials at your disposal?  Be it what it may, you have the power to say it or do it; let there be no pretence that you are not a free agent.” Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations

Simply Post Without the Image

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All praise the antilibrary

This comes via Kurt at Cultural Offering. “The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library […]

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