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P R A E S I D I U M

A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

12.2 (Spring 2012)

 

A Quarterly Publication of the Center for Literate Values

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John R. Harris, Ph.D.

University of Texas, Tyler

President

Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.

SUNY Oswego

Secretary

Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

York College-CUNY

Director

Michael H. Lythgoe

Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)

Director

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Contents of This Issue

     Literary Analysis

Further Selections from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso: Translation and Commentary        John R. Harris 

In many respects, Ariosto is the Italian Shakespeare.  His knowledge of human nature is catalogic, and the inventory of human types in his masterpiece, Orlando Furioso, is panoramic.  Yet because the work was conceived and executed with exquisite irony, its subtleties have flitted over the head of the average reader for almost five centuries.  These passages continue the translation and commentary featured in the Winter 12.1 issue.

        What Became of Subtlety? A Literary Analysis of Tool’s Ænima        Adam J. Kirby

Though not all of our readers are likely to agree that the work of a “progressive metal band” can be judged “so compelling that it deserves the same respect for its allegory as the finest works of antiquity“, the author’s primary point is merely that certain literate habits of thought continue to seek expression in in post-literate genres. 

        Short Stories

        Rules for Revolutionaries        J. S. Moseby

In the tradition of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters, Mr. Moseby imagines a wholly nihilistic proponent of chaos for the sake of “progress” dishing out diabolical advice to a young disciple.  Readers are warned that the fictional content contains racist and sexist slurs.,

        Poetry

        The Wind        Wesley Ross Harris

        Spring Fall        George Shirley

         Five-Alarm Equinox       George Shirley

        The Polis vs. Progress

        On the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812: A Comparison of the Conservative Traditions in America and Canada–Divergent Paths of Development in Two Distinct Countries      Mark Wegierski

This essay is actually more broadly focused than the title may suggest.  Though committed Christians face a subtle but implacable kind of oppression in contemporary Canada, Mr. Wegierski reveals that other traditionalist groups and interests are scarcely less beset with hostility.

        When the Wheels Come Off the Wagon: Contemporary America’s Inevitable Descent into “Progress”    John R. Harris

Several cultural trends–or even, one may say, tendencies of basic human nature–are tragically converging at the same historical moment to unravel our civilization, and recovery will require the acceptance of radical overhaul.

        Faith & Cultural Meltdown

        Communist Totalitarianism and Radical Islam: A Marriage-From-Hell Made in Heaven       Pancratistes

Viewed as a political and cultural reality rather than a faith practiced by many good and loyal Americans, Islam has a shocking affinity with the organizing assumptions and prevailing habits of communist nations.  The two forces presently seem more likely to become allies than enemies. 

        Home-School Corner

        Honor Thy Darwin and Thy Newton        Or Amit

Even at the college level, science is no longer taught with any attention to how its fundamental ideas germinated and blossomed.  The training of a true scientist must include readings of scientific classics if the method of empirical thought is to be mastered…

          Bright Ideas

This time the suggestion box contains a proposal to take crypto-professional sports off of college campuses and turn them into openly for-profit operations, and another that revisits the notion (brought up in last quarter’s issue) of empowering the private homeowner by giving him the technology needed for “water-independence”.