Saturday, November 10, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 405

Gifts Of Gab

For You!

What we do, in English, and in the humanities more broadly, what we teach, what we celebrate and investigate, is human particularity. That is why we become obsessed with individual authors, why we savor specificities of phrasing, why we pounce upon and explore a single word. It’s why we value, above all, writers capable of telling many different stories, populated by many varieties of being, articulated in a kaleidoscope of styles. It’s why I, personally, have always been most fascinated by playwrights, from Aeschylus to August Wilson: Dialogue releases us from the monologues of one mind, clan, tradition.
Death of an English major
By Gary Taylor, Special to the Tampa Bay Times
November 9, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

Men and War

From the audio series, The World Owes You A Living


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 404

Not Chitchat

Harnessing social oblique is a massive part of effective manipulative propaganda.
C Cawley

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 403

Dissident Provocations

Much of what Lind learned about Fourth Generation Warfare he cribbed from John Boyd, America's greatest strategist, who thought Sun Tzu was without error. Boyd posited there were 3 levels of conflict: Physical, Mental, and Moral. Moral is the highest.

Moral dominates. Guerrilla war is moral conflict. You can conceptualize guerrilla war also as non-kinetic. Thus, the principles of guerrilla warfare can be used in kinetic and non-kinetic warfare.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 402

Wiggle Room

What is Imagination? ...First: it is the Combining Faculty. It brings together things, facts, ideas, conceptions, in new, original, endless, ever varying, Combinations. It seizes points in common, between subjects having no very apparent connexion, & hence seldom or never brought into juxtaposition.
Ada Lovelace

Thanks to Maria Popova