Mailbag, a Beautiful Paragraph, and an Addendum

Ernest Hemingway


My old friend Jackie offers this addition to the post Island of the Abused and Misused Words

Enormity. It does not mean enormous or gigantic or overwhelming. It
means monstrously bad. No one seems to use it in the sense of it being a BAD thing.

Here’s an interesting discussion of it:

(Keep those emails coming, folks:

A Beautiful Paragraph

From Counterfeiting Conservatism by Patrick J. Deneen in the
April 1 edition of The American Conservative

Conservatism thus came to embody the opposite of Kirk’s conservative principles: custom became economic monoculture (i.e., globalization); variety became nationalism; prudence became Kantian jurisprudence; imperfectibility became a religion of secular redemption; community became mobility; and restraint of power became lust for power, particularly control of the national agenda. It lost its moorings by tracking its opponent, and with every victory only fueled the further evisceration of the folkways, traditions, and commitments that an originally conservative disposition arose politically to defend.


Addendum to Writers on Writing from Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.(42)

by Richard W. Bray

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