There is only one plausible reason to use ellipses in your writing: you’re saving space by trimming down a quote in a paper or book. That’s it. You can use ellipses in other places, like when you’re writing some sort of bad postmodern thriller and you feel like letting the narrative trail off. It makes your writing indistinct and vague, and it does nothing to further the mood except in the most superficially obtuse level of a high school creative writing class, but it’s at a least semi-plausible technique to further the story. As for the former use—well, that’s pretty much why they exist in the first place. Continue reading “Stop Using Ellipses”
In the presently-waging culture war, there is no greater weapon at the Left’s disposal than sexuality. Traditionalists, frequently outmaneuvered by the Left’s dominance in the mainstream entertainment industries, have no convincing counter to the normalization of a hypersexualized youth culture. The common assumption is that the mainstream media simply reflects back at the culture all of the norms and values that the culture already exhibits, but when it comes to the ongoing sexual revolution, that isn’t quite the case. In her 2012 book, The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, Gabriel Kuby argues that the abolishment of sexual mores and the continuing push toward the normalization of extreme sexual behavior are explicit goals implemented by the ruling elite, and not merely some grassroots upsurge of depravity. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Global Sexual Revolution – Gabriele Kuby (Fe-Medienverlags Gmbh, 2012; Angelico Press 2015)”
I don’t get it.
Maybe it’s because I live a somewhat sheltered life in comparison to the upper-middle class bourgeoisie—you know, those almost-millionaires with more money than they know what to do with, but not enough time on their hands to spend it in any meaningful way. Or maybe it’s because I’m so neck deep in studying and running a business that I don’t have time to contemplate the eccentric lives of the not-so-rich and the not-so-famous. Or it’s because I simply don’t have the kind of superfluous cash that burns holes in my pocket and my imagination, demanding I find newer and ever more outrageous ways to blow it. In any case, The Wall Street Journal ran a small piece in Monday’s paper that was pretty stunning. Apparently, there’s a hot new trend on the contraceptive block: brosectomies, where you and your open-office-desk-sharing pal go to a clinic shaped like a gentlemen’s lounge, get smashed on single malts, and have a doctor tie your tubes.
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The first part of this guide covers roughly the first hundred pages of Democracy in America, beginning with the author’s introduction and ending with the fourth chapter.
Tocqueville begins his book with a thirty-some page introduction in which he states, and then later restates, that Democracy in America is not a travelogue. Nor, does he add, is it merely a catalogue of various American institutions. Instead, it is a work of political science that attempts to capture the growth of a liberal-democratic revolution that Tocqueville believes is sweeping the West. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 1 of 13”
Writing is tough. I’ve been doing it for years, and from experience, I can tell you that only the most superficial elements of it get any easier. Like any skill or craft, the more you do it, the easier certain technical aspects become; the real art of it, though—the purpose behind each piece—remains just as difficult to develop after fifteen years as it did at first. Anyone who makes claims to the contrary is either pulling your leg, trying to sell you something, or is a uniquely terrible writer. Continue reading “On Writing and How to Write, in Brief”
Recently, I had the benefit of speaking with a friend of mine who happens to work for a subsidiary of a large music label in New York City. He’s a low-level data analyst at a company that scouts new talent and connects them with producers and executives for new deals. In other words, he looks at the numbers—sales, web hits, video views, etc.—and processes them for executives to decide how to pitch new pieces. He was telling me how the field has become so stratified and how an overwhelming bulk of listeners were consuming a miniscule handful of musical artists—the top ten or fifteen singles of any given cycle are all coming from the same circle of people. Intuitively, coming from a culture that at least pays lip service to meritocracy, you’d think that these top artists would be the cream of the crop, both as artistic and musical geniuses, right? Until you realize that he’s actually talking about the Justin Biebers, the Beyoncés, and the Katy Perrys. It isn’t that the music is particularly good, it’s just that everyone happens to be listening to it. Continue reading “Music as Frivolity and Fashion”
Released seventy years ago, renowned 20th century sociologist Carle Zimmerman’s book Family and Civilization studied and anticipated the breakdown of the Western family as we know it. Written before the explosion of no-fault divorce, proliferation of same-sex relationships, and the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision, his work already painted a grim look at the future of Western family development. While many of us on the Right attribute the disintegration of family bonds to the neo-Marxist ideologies that have permeated our culture, in addition to the radicalized individualism put forward by the Enlightenment, Zimmerman points out the general cycle that Western familism existed in pretty much the same format long before the early-Modern thinkers ever came to the scene. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT: Family & Civilization (Carle C. Zimmerman, 1947 – Harper, 2008 – ISI Books)”
In the coming months, I will be uploading a series of pieces on the landmark 1835 & 1840 works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America. This project is a bit of a lengthy one that I’ve been ruminating on for quite some time. These works will be something of an unprofessional guidebook to help synthesize Tocqueville’s ideas and truncate his study using chapter summaries. His body of work remains fascinating both in thought and in writing style, so I highly encourage everyone to go out and read his magnum opus at some point. But for those of you who have actual lives and can’t commit to a sixteen hundred-some page long tome, there will be instead QNUW. Continue reading “A Quick Update on Upcoming Projects, QNUW’s Status, and a Few Thoughts on Academia”
If there has been any single event that should make you entirely unapologetic about casting the ballot for Donald Trump back in November, it would have to be CNN’s behavior from the past week. Just when you think, wait a minute, there is NO WAY these people could be more hypocritical, they begin a national media firestorm about encouraging a culture of violence against the press over a shitpost that Trump retweeted. And then, just when you think—again!—wait a minute, there’s no WAY that these people could get MORE hypocritical, they blackmail an apology out of some alleged fifteen-year-old who didn’t even make the shitpost that was retweeted in the first place. And then they double down. Continue reading “A Joke: CNN Walks Into a Meme War”