Assorted Opinions: Personal Territory

Personal Territory: Some Environmental Don’ts             But not of the scolding variety.       If you have a little patch of yard, or a double-sized lot, or some rural acreage, you can help the planet by employing tactics that are as easy as doing nothing. Yes…exactly that.     […]

Assorted Opinions: Unnecessary Words

Assorted Opinions One Size Fits None         Have you ever felt that when a celebrated author flouts Strunk and White-ish dos and don’ts (such as passive voice, adverbs, use of), her trailblazing gives hope to the little people? (And every time you’re told not to do something, isn’t it the thing you’ve […]

Advice for Misfits: The Snobberies

Posted by ractrose on March 17, 2018 in Essays

  Advice for Misfits The Snobberies and the Scenarios  Intro:       Change comes about when complying with a new idea is more rewarding than defying it. The reward may be pure gain (spring-cleaning your closets to earn a few bucks at a yard sale). Or, procrastination may reduce reward to alleviation, of nuisance […]

Marketing for Misfits: Social Media

Posted by ractrose on January 17, 2018 in Essays

My Curious Reading Marketing for Misfits: Social Media You are trying to sell your writing.   You don’t have hordes of friends; you don’t have a big, happy extended family who will follow you unconditionally and like all your posts. You need social media—because it allows you to get out of your immediate environment; because […]

Adventures in Research: Klan Signaling

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Klan Signaling     Don’t Break Up a Set   An integral aspect of conscientiously preserving history, is not allowing its component parts to become detached from the source. To offer a variation on the well-known George Santayana quote (“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat […]

On Marketing: Advice for Misfits

My Curious Reading On Marketing: Advice for Misfits   Misfits Are Made, Not Born   Just as you learn the language (with seeming effortlessness) of your household, you learn social skills by example and teaching, in the home and neighborhood, and don’t learn them if these things are lacking. There are tremendous nuances to social […]

On Taste: You and Society (part two)

  My Curious Reading On Taste: You and Society      (part two)   Canonized taste in the matter of poetry.   “A poem has to make me think…contain one striking image…illuminate the struggle of existence through intimate experience…”   Such statements may be gropings after a true value. Your own values are solidified—made apparent […]

The Yellow Press: a mini-biography of the Sugar King

Posted by ractrose on December 7, 2017 in Essays

My Curious Reading The Yellow Press: part one   The Yellow Press was not a term the reading public applied to journalism; it was a term newspapers used to excoriate one another. The feuds erupted notably in the year 1898, when America entered its war with Spain over Cuba. That same year, the term emerged […]

On Taste: You and Society (part one)

My Curious Reading You and society (part one)   Mt. Olympus Syndrome and Literary prizes   Taste as Franchise   Your taste, at the level of broad society, will take on characteristics from a pressure to conform, not to a group’s passing fancy (or your own passing membership within a group), but to an ideal […]

On Taste: You and Your Peers (part two)

Posted by ractrose on November 1, 2017 in Essays

My Curious Reading On Taste: You and your peers The Sleek and the Fat   One style writers often see praised by advice-givers is the “pared down”; sometimes called the Hemingway-esque. Pared-down hews to the nut of truth, marches ahead in noun, verb, noun, verb cadence; lets, in the classic dynamic of mid-twentieth century “muscular […]