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”
The Righteousness Mob: A Liberal on Liberals by Manfred Wolf Our age has spawned any number of new attitudes and cultural styles. These days many people take great pleasure in “calling out” others, i.e., accusing them of wrongdoing, for which they must be shamed, and for which an apology is demanded, — though when… Read More Opinion | The Righteous Mob: A Liberal on Liberals
Nostalgia as Therapy Can any possible good come out of the past five years of American Politics? As I meditate about this question, I’m hearing the melody and words of Passenger’s hauntingly beautiful little song of recent years, “Let Her Go.” Give it a listen again, and think of “her” as a metaphor for “Liberty,”… Read More Opinion | Nostalgia as Therapy
Those of you who follow me on Twitter @kerr_vernon , know that I often harp on the need for a credible third political party as a solution to the divisive, partisan, bickering state of today’s US Politics. Recently I called on the nation’s youth to pick up the torch and create such a party. Here… Read More Opinion | For Young People: A New Political Party
Are Tattoos Just “Fashionable”? © 2018 Vernon Miles Kerr Today, my friend, former writing professor, and sometimes collaborator, Manfred Wolf retweeted: To which I replied: This little Twitter-exchange sparked a whole series of other thoughts about fashion itself and the subject of “tattooing the body,” including my limited knowledge of its history. I know that… Read More Opinion | Are Tattoos Just “Fashionable” ?
An Open Letter to our California Senators The Hon. Dianne Feinstein The Hon. Kamala Harris Dear Senators, Feinstein and Harris: I’m writing to urge you to join a rapidly growing movement in our State and Federal Legislatures to remedy the unconscionable and inequitable results of the U.S, Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Citizens United v.… Read More Opinion | Do Corporations Feel Empathy?