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text 2017-10-15 10:59
The Linux Server Encyclopaedia: "Anonymous" by Roland Emmerich

 

Sigh. 
 
Sorry to interrupt, but what is it about the nature of our species that is to so attracted to conspiracy theories? We can trace this as far back as Homer and plenty of modern examples as well.
 
If I had a crystal ball I think it may well show a 2416 Ox/Cam luminary frothing at the bung as he expounded on the impossibility of an illiterate uneducated Lennon seen as the co-author and author of his celebrated works. I took an interest in the claims of the Earl Of Oxford after the film Anonymous made its preposterous contribution in 2011. I was particularly interested in the fact that the denialists draw so much confidence from their claims to have discovered hidden ciphers in epitaphs and ancillary texts. The Oxfordian method of unwinding these hidden messages (they are never ciphers) involves little more than separating all the letters and making words out of them as if they were a Scrabble bag with two dozen blank tiles. Oxfordians tend to stop as soon as they have found what they want. I was able to go a bit further, whilst sticking rigidly to their 'method'. As a result, I can offer a few new ideas about Shakespeare's favourite books which not even Professor Jonathan Bate may not have considered.
 
 
 
If you're into conspirancy theories, read on.

 

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review 2016-09-20 01:53
Review: A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld
A Writer's Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice - Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Quick review for a quick read. I think it's difficult for me to really cover everything that Jordan Rosenfeld incorporates in this book, but I will say that I really appreciated everything she incorporates in "A Writer's Guide to Persistence." Not only does she offer expansions on challenges that writers of all levels face in the process, she offers concrete explanations on how to tackle such barriers and summarily addresses them per the various steps in the writing process. There are plenty of writing exercises to be had here (many of them I decided to complete in my Writing bullet journal) as well as physical/mental/emotional exercises to help refresh the writerly mind and take it away from the pressures that may keep one from writing as productively as they may.

The lists of resources in this book are especially helpful for connections to the process and removing distractions in one's writing pursuits. Everything from apps to websites are noted in various measures here, so there are plenty of connecting points not only on a personal level for one picking up their writing pursuits, but also in building connections with others who are in similar processes and experiences. I definitely liked the book and how easily accessible and organized it was. I'll definitely come back to it from time to time if I ever need a refresher on the topic. I would definitely recommend it for those who may feel like they want a good narrative on building and rekindling their processes, as well as those who may be stuck in various stages of the writing process (whether you're trying to start a narrative or push yourself through a particular stage, including the process of publishing your work). It's a good resource and certainly worth owning in a writing library.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

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review 2011-08-18 11:02
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King Wonderful insight into a great writer and his work. Read it on a road trip to Cape Cod. A book to read if you enjoy his writing.
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review 2011-08-18 10:53
Writing Articles From the Heart
Writing Articles From The Heart: How To Write & Sell Your Life Experiences - Marjorie Holmes This book gives some helpful knowledge, but it tends to be a bit dry, lacks good examples (I think), and could have been shortened.
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review 1982-05-16 00:00
The lone shieling : origin and authorship of the Blackwood Canadian "boat-song"
The lone shieling : origin and authorshi... The lone shieling : origin and authorship of the Blackwood Canadian "boat-song" - G.H. Needler [These notes were made in 1982:]. This Toronto production is much more convincing [than Francis Hervey's book on the same subject:] about the authorship of the poem, here ascribed to "Delta" (David) Moir. The evidence here rests on (1) (and mostly) the unusual metrics of the poem - unusual for a secular poem, that is, (2) who was writing the poems in Blackwood's at the time (3) Moir's connection with John Galt, who was travelling in Canada, and wrote to him of boat songs. One could niggle occasionally, but I think Needler has fairly proved his case - or as near to proved it as we can get, without a trustworthy contemporary ascription. Although reading criticism is not generally my favourite of all activities, there has been a certain interest in picking up this bit of controversy.
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