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On the Art of Conversation

“Conversation is said to be a lost art… good talk presupposes leisure, both for preparation and enjoyment.  The age of leisure is dead, and the art of conversation is dying.” – Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, Volume 29, 1890

Frank Leslies Popular Monthly - 1878

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March 29, 2014 · 9:49 PM

On intellectual laziness

Resume“Intellectual laziness and the hurry of the age have produced a craving for literary nips.  The torpid brain… has grown too weak for sustained thought.  There never was an age in which so many people were able to write badly.”

Israel Zangwill, the Bachelor’s Club, 1891


September 14, 2013 · 10:00 PM

On Impartiality

“Impartiality is a pompous name for Indifference, which is an elegant name for Ignorance.”

G.K. Chesterton, 19th C. English writerGK Chesterton



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August 31, 2013 · 10:00 PM

On being powerful

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – it becomes less & less important whether I am afraid.”

Audre-Lorde-620x480Audre Lorde, 20th C. Caribbean-American writer

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August 18, 2013 · 10:00 PM