Archives: July 2010

Bowersock’s Fiction as History

Summer reading continues. I am behind on summaries so I’m not even going to pretend to catch up with the backlog, but start with the most recent. I read Bowersock’s Fiction as History: Nero to Julian this afternoon, a series of lectures given in 1991. I know why it was recommended to me – it offers

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The New Brings the Old

Text-obsessed as I am, I hadn’t realized until very recently that YouTube is filled with wonderful old things, such Cream playing Tales of Brave Ulysses, Sunshine of Your Love,  and White Room,  or Jay Leno driving around in his delightfully loud 1970 Challenger R/T – “It’s using gas right now,” or the best six seconds

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What is Rhetorical Criticism, Anyway?

I get asked this question a lot, and as it pertains to some manuscript revisions I’m making, I thought I’d take a informal stab here first. I need to revise the question a little, though, and change it to “What makes a good rhetorical critic?” or even, “What do I think, personally, makes a good

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Wish I knew Arabic

This article on al-Qaeda in Yemen contains an interesting analysis of one of their propaganda videos and how it plays in a country with an incredibly corrupt government.

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