Back in the Saddle Again

It has been, as the Kansans in my neighborhood sometimes observed,  a mell of a hess trying to get established via the new program and its protocol.

 If you’ve missed my blather,  apologies.  If you hadnt’ noticed until now that there was a “Community Blog” and the Fayetteville Observer Website about “Getting a Grip on Reading and Writing,”  well, let me just paraphrase a TV icon,  Mr. Fred Rogers:  “Welcome to this neighborhood. 

 I especially hope you will raise queries or present commentary on any uses, misuses, or abuses of the English language that either warms the cockles of your heart or, on the other hand, hardens your arteries.

I will be posting a couple of comments/laments in a short while.

RJR

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4 Responses to “Back in the Saddle Again”

  1. Frank B Maness,Jr. Says:

    I don’t know what the neighborhood coming to? FO ties into a system and folks still find a way to move in and set up camp. Welcome back we’ll send you a apple pie to show our love while you get established in the “Blog Community”.

  2. Marshall Faircloth Says:

    Glad you figured out the new-fangled system. We need some culture in this community. (I guess I’m speaking just for myself).

    I have a question that I didn’t get around to asking at breakfast the other day before the golfers had to run off. I am reading William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury.” I think I started understanding what was going on when I was about 80% finished. The question: Do you think that Faulkner and his fellow modernists James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and their ilk could survive as authors in today’s world with that style.

    (I remember the light coming on – pun intended – toward the end of “To the Lighthouse.” I may still not get “Ulysses” even if I deign to read it again.)

  3. Raymond Rundus Says:

    Dear Marshall,

    It was a pleasure meeting you on Tuesday morning at the “New York Restaurant” (on Eastern Boulevard with Southern gentlemen and down home food–now that is an oxymoron). I wish you well in your campaign.
    If you have a spare sign, I would be pleased to post it in my yard: you are the only candidate I know who is reading “The Sound and the Fury” and can speak comfortably about “James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and their ilk.”
    Your query about how these writers would be treated today is interesting. If some theorists are right, and I tend to agree with them quite strongly, art (including literary art) cannot be judged in terms of the age in which it was created. That is, beauty is a universal truth, as truth is a universal value, and so too ethics or morality.

    So this would mean that Faulker et al. could only be regarded in and of themselves for what they wrote and how they wrote it. e.e. cummings could not write in his vein probably today, though, and he could not expect to be treated as well: simply because the work of someone writing like cummings today would be thought as derivative and imitative and thus not what is sometimes termed “sui generis.” A comparable example would be an artist who could paint in the style of a great painter and even recreate, let us say, the “Mona Lisa,” and yet he would not be held in the same regard as the original artist.

    Or, as another example, I can write a sonnet in the same form as William Shakespeare, but I could never equal his genius in thought and expression.

    This will probably just add more squiggles to your mind as you try to answer for yourself the question you raised: and that all in all is probably the only route to a solution you would be satisfied with.

    Best wishes,

    Ray

  4. Starla Kully Says:

    Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

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