A creative sort of evening

I was apparently feeling in a rather creative mood tonight. I've updated the header banners on FB and Twitter: The old one was really only ever a placeholder, and I quite like this. The picture's actually one I took while visiting Rome last summer! I think I'm going to redo it for the blog as … Continue reading A creative sort of evening

“In them and in ourselves our safety lies”

This can't be slacktivism. This can't be the only thing someone who cares about what's happening to our country does. But I don't think it's a meaningless gesture.

A World of Figures Series: Ellipsis, Paralipsis, and Ennoia

I was initially going to start this series with one of my favorite rhetorical figures, like chiasmus or anthimeria. I'm putting those on the backburner, though, to address something that's become politically significant: figures of omission.

“Their very character was tyranny; their figure, deformity.”

The problem with democracy -- as politicians and philosophers alike have known for millennia -- is that it only works if people are informed and engaged. That's why we have a constitutional republic instead of direct democracy.