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Blogging Advice from an 18th-Century Periodical

Sometimes people think blogging is a waste of time, and that maybe I’m just a sad little history/literature geek at a laptop blogging things which nobody will read (In all truth I probably am, but I’m not really ashamed of this). 735 more words

18th Century

A Healthy Mind...

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
variously attributed to Sir Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, and Augustus Hare.

Deborah Makarios

SIR ROGER DE COVERLEY papers from THE SPECTATOR, by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

(Pages 103-108 of 108 – FINISHED)

I will miss Sir Roger de Coverley. However, I have plenty of other papers from The Spectator, a daily publication in England from 1711-1712, to read on my Kindle.

Fiction

Ugly Truths and How to Deal With Them

‘Ugly men are, and ought to be, ashamed of their existence.’

Walter Bagehot, Milton.

‘A certain samadhi monk of the lotus hall at Retired Emperor Takakura’s tomb one day picked up a mirror and took a good look at his face. 1,254 more words

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‘Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.’

Walt Whitman, Song of Myself… 53 more words

Paul Christensen: The Dark Side of Prose

I’ve been thinking about newspapers lately, and their most recent avatar, TV news, both the network and the cable kind. What intrigues me most about this use of prose is that it mainly dwells on catastrophes, setbacks, misfortune and misery. 1,074 more words

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