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P R A E S I D I U M

A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

10.4 (Fall 2010)

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John R. Harris, Ph.D.

President

Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.

Secretary

Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

York College-CUNY

Director

Michael H. Lythgoe

Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)

Director

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Contents

Departments

Literary Analysis

Narrative Haeretics: One Key to Understanding an Artfully Made Story

John R. Harris

Whether or not morality has a role in determining artistic worth has been disputed for centuries.  This essay asserts that stories, at least, must partially be evaluated on the basis of how “real” their projected moral values strike the reader.

Raising the Fallen World: Richard Wagner and the Scenic Imagination

Thomas F. Bertonneau

Wagner’s art is perhaps not best understood through his own explanations of it, yet it indeed pulsates with a struggle to revive certain primal associations and thereby to achieve a refreshing honesty.

Poetry

The little man

David Z. Crookes

A light-spirited reminder in verse (and rhyme) to ignore envious critics–familiar tormentors of every serious writer!

Solon: # 1 of Surviving Fragments

Trans. John R. Harris

This particular poem (not quite 100 verses in elegiac couplets), apparently not fragmentary, balances divine will with justice on earth. 

Short Stories

Supreme Anomaly

J. S. Moseby

A fantasy of interplanetary travel considers the possibility of  of a society’s choosing complete and permanent isolation.

The Polis vs. Progress

The Emergence of Media: Humanity’s Endgame–A Precis

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A Mediatized Society: Examples

Mark Wegierski

These two essays, both largely composed in a kind of “telegraphy” which mimics electronic transmission, warn that the apparent variety of our entertainments and communications is deceptive–is, perhaps, the mouth of an irresistible funnel. 

Multiculturalism: Globalist Gambit to Annihilate Culture 

Peter Singleton

The multiculturalist endgame is neither to promote cultural harmony nor to lift some cultures in the esteem of others, but to eradicate ALL culture. 

Faith & Cultural Meltdown

Why Is Human History an Inhuman Nightmare? 

John R. Harris

Another excerpt from a new book (available among our free downloads) considers the argument that God cannot exist because human history spills over with horror and agony.

Home-School Corner

Don’t Forget to Educate the SpiritPeter Singleton

The private sector must be defended from government intrusion–but to equate that defense with a promotion of Western culture is facile.