et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, April

Do You Speak American?
Robert MacNeil and William Cran. Do You Speak American? New York: Doubleday, 2005.Is American English in decline? Are regional dialects dying out? Is there a difference in how men and women adapt to linguistic variations? These and other questions about...
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Lynne Truss. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. New York: Gotham, 2004."A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.'Why?' asks the confused waiter, as...
Neil Postman's Advice on How to Live the Rest of Your Life
From a lecture delivered to the New York Society for General Semantics on December 8, 2005.GOOD EVENING, ladies and gentlemen. When I first met Neil Postman in 1988, we both realized almost immediately that we shared a profound interest in the study...
Searching for UnMediated Truth
Gregg Hoffmann. Searching for UnMediated Truth. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2005.Judging by its title, one might mistake Searching for UnMediated Truth for a philosophical dissertation or a spiritual memoir.Instead, the reader will discover a brief, fast-moving...
The Cousin That Wasn't
THE GS DETECTIVE had been depressed for days. His case was going nowhere, he said.His friend Aram brought over a basket of Armenian food. In the kitchen, they stood by the window. In the bay, an oil tanker had passed Alcatraz Island and a ferry was arriving...
William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life
Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson. William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005.Possibly the most influential figure in the history of American letters, William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was, among other things,...