et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, Winter

A General Semantics Glossary (Part XVI)
higher order functions. In the XVth entry of the glossary I discussed the formulation, mathematical function, and how Korzybski built his system-function (general-semantics) from it. (1) You may want to review that glossary entry before proceeding. I...
"All the News That's Fit to Print"-Et Cetera
I'VE LONG APPRECIATED the message implied in the famous New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print." It seems to me an elegant expression of the high standards set by the Times and it suggests that other papers are probably publishing news...
Correspondence
Memories of Russell Joyner The recent death of former ISGS Executive Director and ETC Editor Russell Joyner evoked several memories for me. Both of us had served in World War II, but our experiences differed significantly. Russell, a Marine rifleman...
Desired Track: The Tragic Flight of KAL 007
James Gollin and Robert Allardyce. Desired Track: The Tragic Flight of KAL 007. American Vision Publishing: Findlay, Ohio,1994. On August 31, 1983 Korea Air Lines (KAL) 007 was shot down some 350 miles off course in Soviet airspace by the Russian Air...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
The point is this: in the act of perception we have already taken the first step in classification. Our senses lump together under the same perceptual image physical objects in no sense identical and convey to us only a limited number of the various...
Here and Now, Less Worry
WORRY TOO MUCH. I worry about worrying too much. The economy, politics, crime, overpopulation, poverty, my health, my car, my bad habits, the environment... I worry about abstract stuff and particular stuff, and things I probably can't change. I non-specific...
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Dava Sobel. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. Walker: New York, 1995. Lines of latitude stay parallel to each other as they circle the globe from the Equator to the poles in a series of...
Luck: The Brilliant Randomness of Everyday Life
Nicholas Rescher. Luck: The Brilliant Randomness of Everyday Life. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995. Nicholas Rescher, a professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, former editor of American Philosophical Quarterly, and past president...
Membership Page
Isolation? Do we in general semantics isolate ourselves through how we use language? Gene Amole, who has spent many years in broadcasting and journalism, offers some provocative thoughts on general semantics, writing, and listening. It was perhaps 35...
Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: From Sexual Harassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility
Judith Martin. Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: From Sexual Harassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility. Crown: New York, 1996. Judith Martin, using the pseudonym "Miss Manners," writes an internationally syndicated newspaper...
On Having Four Feet
THE OTHER DAY, watching a television nature-show, I finally saw an erne. If you do crossword puzzles, then you probably know that "erne" provides the four-letter answer to the definition "sea eagle." I never bothered to look further into this matter...
Smokescreen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-Up
Philip J. Hilts. Smokescreen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industy Cover-up. Addison Wesley: Reading, Mass., 1996. Warren Buffett, an investment specialist and one of the richest men in America has said, "I'll tell you why I like the cigarette business....
The Social Art: Language and Its Uses
Ronald Macaulay. The Social Art: Language and Its Uses. Oxford University Press: New York, 1996. Ronald Macaulay, a professor of Linguistics, presents in thirty-one brief chapters an overview of linguistic knowledge. He discusses topics such as syntax,...
The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars
Todd Gitlin. The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars. Holt: New York, 1995. Can Whites, Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Gays, Jews, Christians, Feminists, Fundamentalists, and a host of other identity category...
Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography
David S. Reynolds. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography. Vintage: New York, 1996. Walt Whitman said, "In estimating my volumes[,] the world's current times and needs [i.e., nineteenthcentury], and their spirit, must first be profoundly estimated."...
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