Some Insight into an Inscrutable Man ©2019 Vernon Miles Kerr, vernonmileskerr.com When I was in high school I decided to become an English teacher. In my college freshman year, after reading The Catcher in the Rye, I decided to become a writer. I know I’m only one of the millions who had an empathetic-connection to… Read More Critical Writing | Some Insight into an Inscrutable Man
A Word of Thanks First of all, Thank you so much for your readership and comments on VernonMilesKerr.com. I will keep posting my own work, right here, but I have just created a new site which focuses exclusively on the art of writing in English. The name of this new site is Writers Class the… Read More The Art of Writing | Our New Sister-Blog
Best Turn-of-Phrase Award ©2019 Vernon Miles Kerr, vernonmileskerr.com Good rhetoric sometimes makes a point with humor, sometimes with cleverness, sometimes with surprise. When a rhetorical turn-of-phrase hits all three with one fell swoop, it deserves an award. Here is this week’s VernonMilesKerr.com award for Best Turn-of-Phrase: David A. Graham, writing in The Atlantic “Earlier this… Read More Opinion | My Weekly “Best Turn-of-Phrase Award”
Hiding Light Under a Bushel Basket © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr Luke 11:33 | “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.” Even for an agnostic, a lot of wisdom can be gained… Read More Criticism | Hiding Light Under a Bushel Basket
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
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
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 Opinion | Can Morality Exist Without Religion?