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· Pointed Takes on Style Delineated ·
· The Log ·
These logs are occasional takes on particular points of style. My delineation will always start with an agreeably passing glance, or maybe critically pointed nod, at some styled or half-styled piece of wit or wisdom and then, down the line, pass words on to you for comment or trackbacking.
Fiction, poetry, philosophy, news, even mundane trade publications — all offer occasions for · You Got Style · Whether old or new, read and enjoy them. You might even find an apt forum for discussion.
· The Logger ·
My writing is unfortunately affected by too much old book learning, the revenge of dead trees upon the living. The books I have at least retain something of the cool, ever-green dampness of the out-of-doors hereabouts. My library shelves are lined with hundreds of semi-mildewy texts, and my floor strewn with many more: philosophy and literature (my teaching subjects), science and mathematics, a bit of art and music, and a few of the more necessary tech manuals.
· The Logo ·
Their quill happily catches the point of stylish writing well — participating in inky materiality and airy spirituality at once: technologically dipped and intellectually rising. For those with bookish eyes, the spectacles double that point. I hope you like my logo.
· The Logos ·
With those pursuits in view, Geoffrey H. Hartman once rightly said of style: "Style is an index of how the writer deals with the consciousness of mediation. Style is not cognitive only; it is also recognitive, a signal betraying the writer's relation, or sometimes the relations of a type of discourse, to a historical and social world. To say that of course words are a form of life is not enough: words at this level of style intend a statement about life itself in relation to words, and in particular to literature as a value-laden act."
That's quite a mouthful, but it means, I think: "In the beginning was the word" — and of course it's still with us now in · You Got Style ·
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