et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 2, Summer

2 Kill or Not to Kill
William Dallmann. 2 Kill or Not to Kill. Victoria, Canada: Trafford, 2001. In Lobos, the first of the two novellas that comprise this book, Dr. Christopher Raven, the story's protagonist, founds an organization called Menta (an effort inspired by his...
Abstractions
Jessep: You want answers? Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to them. Jessep: You want answers? Kaffee: I want the truth! Jessep: You can't handle the truth! .... You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. FROM THE SCREENPLAY OF A FEW GOOD MEN BY AARON...
Adventures in the Spin Trade
IN THE 23RD CENTURY, what had once been called The State was now called The Corporation, a megalithic organization that enveloped much of Earth's North America and spread far into Space. In the previous century, power brokers had stopped using weapons...
Do Fish Drink Water?
Bill McLain. Do Fish Drink Water? New York: HarperCollins, 2000. Bill McLain, in his capacity as the official webmaster for Xerox, receives lots of questions from the general public about all sorts of things. And many of these questions, and McLain's...
Error
"Opening ourselves up to making and noticing our errors allows us to see more things more completely, and to learn. " THE MATHSEMATIC MONITOR comes now with a topic that a great many people really don't care to talk about, namely, error. Often it seems...
Fanaticism: Flight from Fallibility
OUR DEBT to fanaticism is great. The unity of our present culture, the depth and breadth of our civilization, we owe in great part to those fanatics who preceded us. Had neither the Greeks nor the Romans thought themselves superior to others who were...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc: Retrospect
While nations spend unbelievable sums in splitting atoms so that they can destroy each other more quickly, we stand in the wings talking about split infinitives. While serious scientists talk about a trip to the moon within twenty-five years, we assert...
Immediate Man: The Symbolic Environment of Fanaticism
FANATICISM is the triumph of reflex over reflection. It differs from the more primitive reflexes in that it is conditioned - contingent on symbols rather than sensory stimuli - but it is reflex nonetheless: an absolute, fixed, undifferentiated, immediate...
Make Your Paraphrasing Plagiarism Proof with a Coat of E-Prime
I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE this article to the memory of my late friend and mentor, D. David Bourland, Jr. I think he would have derived tremendous satisfaction from knowing that one of his disciples had found yet another use for the E-Prime extensional...
New Routes to Human Services: Information and Referral
Risha W. Levinson. New Routes to Human Services: Information and Referral. New York: Springer, 2002. The author of this well-researched and practically oriented book states, "Not knowing where to turn for information and help is a serious problem in...
New Web Site for NYSGS
The New York Society for General Semantics has a new web site, designed by webmaster Lucia Sciorsei, with information about the New York Society, its lectures and workshops, as well as links to other general semantics and related web sites. To visit...
Right Reasoning: S.I. Hayakawa, Charles Sanders Peirce and the Scientific Method
IN "The Aims and Tasks of General Semantics: Implications of the Time-- Binding Theory," S. I. Hayakawa (1906-1992) distinguishes between three orientations prescientific, antiscientific, and scientific - and what implication each orientation holds for...
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
I Among twenty snowy mountains The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. II I was of three minds, Like a tree In which there are three blackbirds. III The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. It was a small part of the pantomime. IV A man...
Using the Rule of Six to Convey Complex Content
ANY PROFESSIONAL report writers tell me that their greatest challenges during the composing process include collecting and organizing volumes of quantitative and qualitative data. When they show me a sample of their writing, I often find that they have...
Warm Records, Cold CDs
REMEMBER WHEN I first heard a CD back in the early 1980s. I did not like the sound. It seemed artificial, like a really good mechanical imitation of music. But I preferred the sound of my 33 1/3 records, which somehow seemed more lifelike. At the time,...
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