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A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, Fall

A General Semantics Glossary (Part XIX)
ROBERT P. PULA* If he contend, as sometimes he will contend, that he has defined all his terms and proved all his propositions, then either he is a performer of logical miracles or he is an ass; and, as you know, logical miracles are impossible. Cassius...
Do It Right the First Time: A Short Guide to Learning from Your Most Memorable Errors, Mistakes and Blunders
Gerard I. Nierenberg. Do it Right the First Time: A Short Guide to Learning from Your Most Memorable Errors, Mistakes and Blunders. New York: Wiley, 1996. Gerard I. Nierenberg, whom Forbes magazine has called "The Father of Negotiating Training" is the...
Edison: Inventing the Century
Neil Baldwin. Edison: Inventing the Century. New York: Hyperion, 1995. He invented the phonograph, light bulb, motion picture camera, and registered 1,093 patents. He was to the telegraph technology of his day what Bill Gates is to computers today. He...
Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt
John Steele Gordon. Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt. New York: Walker, 1997. Charles Dickens in David Copperfield wrote, "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness....
Harvesting Minds: How TV Commercials Control Kids
Roy F. Fox. Harvesting Minds: How TV Commercials Control Kids. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996. George Gerbner, of the Annenberg School of Communication, writes in the foreword to this book, "What happens when the historically protected and increasingly...
"It Ain't Necessarily So"
ALFRED FLEISHMAN* ONE OF THE bad language habits we can fall into is that we sometimes believe something is so just because we say it is so. To put it another way, we use words to declare something to be the "truth." It's got to be what we say it is!...
Language Boundaries and Discourse Stability: "Tagging" as a Form of Graffiti Spanning International Borders
DANIEL D. GROSS, BARBARA WALKO.SZ, AND TMn-tY D. GROSS* Abstract This study traces the migration of a discourse across several international borders. The discourse is a form of graffiti called "tagging." The purpose of the tracing is to explore the permanence...
Retrospect: Fifty Years Ago in ETC
It is precisely because the wrongs we commit lead us to hate those we have wronged and thus lead us to seek to avoid their sight, it is because these wrongs lead to chain reactions ending in the destruction of civilization, that the problems raised by...
Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case
Marcia Angell. Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case. New York: Norton, 1996. In 1992 the FDA banned silicone-gel-filled breast implants from the market because they had not been proven safe. Many rejoiced...
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order
Samuel P. Huntington. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. In the summer of 1993, an article by Samuel P. Huntington in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Clash of Civilizations?" posed the question...
Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk
Marc Parent. Turning Stones: My Days and Nights With Children at Risk. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996. Marc Parent worked for New York City's Emergency Children's Services from 1986-91. His job was to respond to reports of suspected child abuse and make...
When I Say "Preposition," What Do You Think Of?
ROBERT A. STEINER DID YOU NOTICE that the title of this article ends in a preposition? Does that bother you? My inspiration for this piece comes from "John Smith" (this point of disagreement does not warrant publishing his name), a brilliant, articulate...
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
Patricia T. O'Conner. Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English. New York: Putnam, 1996. Patricia T. O'Conner, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, tells us English is not easy, as languages go. It originated 1500...
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