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 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

Criticism | “Muslims in Europe” by Manfred Wolf

  Having read both of Manfred Wolf’s previous books of recent years, I’m a fan. While “Survival in Paradise” was deeply personal and at times, surprisingly emotional, this new book, more like his earlier “Almost a Foreign Country,” is shrewdly logical and (typically) deeply analytical. Wolf seems to always have a unique take on puzzling… Read More Criticism | “Muslims in Europe” by Manfred Wolf

Criticism | Sully

(c) 2016 Vernon Miles Kerr From an aviation and technological standpoint, Producer/Director Clint Eastwood’s film about Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s heroic landing of an airliner in the Hudson River in 2009, is a riveting and entertaining movie.  From an historical and artistic standpoint it is suprememly dissapointing. While it is a marketing truism that a motion picture needs… Read More Criticism | Sully

Drama | Survival In Paradise: The Screenplay

My film script Survival In Paradise,  discussed in an earlier post, has now been entered in several screenwriting competitions and is in the reading queue of three or four producers who are mutual friends of either myself or Manfred Wolf, the author of the memoir from which this work is derived. See Initial feedback from… Read More Drama | Survival In Paradise: The Screenplay