Criticism | Beware of Mandated Kindness

Beware of Mandated Kindness © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr San Francisco West Portal Monthly columnist, Manfred Wolf, in this month’s “This Time, This Place” column, examines the many facets of the current trans-atlantic trend to coerce kindness and “sensitivity” out of the populace, not only by public shaming, but—more ominously—by governmental mandate.  Here is the… Read More Criticism | Beware of Mandated Kindness

Rhetoric | What Makes a ‘Great Man?’

What Makes a ‘Great Man?’ © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr You Too, Can Be a Great Man My memories of the curriculum in the California Public School System during the very early 1950s include a grade-level-spanning—almost obsessive—focus on creating “Great Men” (or Great Women.) It seems like this obsession trickled  into every subject:  In “Social… Read More Rhetoric | What Makes a ‘Great Man?’

Criticism | ‘The Elements of Style’ by Strunk & White

How a Thin, Little Volume Fixed a Lifetime of Lazy Scholarship © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr I didn’t learn about The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. While  until twenty years after my brief sojourn in the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University (then San Francisco State College.)  I came… Read More Criticism | ‘The Elements of Style’ by Strunk & White

Rhetoric | Can Morality Exist Without Religion?

 Can Morality Exist Without Religion? ©2017 Vernon Miles Kerr In the late 19th Century, “Liberal” teaching threw out religion, along with religion’s moral guidelines, replacing those guidelines with moral relativism and situation-based ethics.  Since then, the world’s diminishing moral conscience has been claimed and dominated by its religious organizations, whose abuses and excesses have further… Read More Rhetoric | Can Morality Exist Without Religion?

Criticism | A Lesson in Story-telling

 A Lesson in Story-telling My friend and fellow blogger Mitch Teemley http://mitchteemley.com had this excellent advice for aspiring writers.  I include it here with his permission. Check out, also the links to earlier tutorial articles. VMK   Tips for Writers: Trust the Story Posted on September 29, 2017 by mitchteemley Experience is the most effective teacher… Read More Criticism | A Lesson in Story-telling