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A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

12.3 (Summer 2012)


A Quarterly Publication of the Center for Literate Values


1515-5436 (c)

All contents of this journal are copyrighted by The Center for Literate Values of Tyler, Texas (2012), and may not be cited at length or reproduced without The Center’s express permission.

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John R. Harris, Ph.D.

University of Texas, Tyler


Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.

SUNY Oswego


Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

York College-CUNY


Michael H. Lythgoe

Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)



Contents of This Issue

        Literary Analysis

Modern Society as a Literary Substrate       Or Amit

This short but provocative piece proposes that our culture no longer produces great works of literature not only because genius itself is in short supply or because audiences have suffered a debasement of taste, but also because the conditions of contemporary life itself do not conduce to the sort of profundity we find in the classics.  Our writing is shallow because our lives are shallow.


Different Answers to the Question “Why”: Vital Coordinates for the Student Writer (With an Addendum on How to Reform Academe’s Literary Pedagogy)        John R. Harris 

Though not an analysis of a particular literary work or author, this paper (composed for college undergraduates enrolling in Freshman Composition) examines the broader question of academic analysis from an Aristotelian point of view: why a literary scholar seeks and measures evidence according to one standard, a biologist according to another, an engineer another, and so forth.  The addendum is intended for college teachers.


        Short Stories

Big Feet, Invisible Tracks        J. S. Moseby

The author takes a meander through Sasquatch territory that at first seems highly empirical, but that eventually grows nostalgic and even mystical.,



   Sunday School in Southern Town       George Shirley


        The Polis vs. Progress

On the 145th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation: Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State      Mark Wegierski

This essay offers a kind of crash course in Canada’s political history leading up to the present.  The emphasis falls on events of the past few decades that have caught Canada up in a whirlwind of progressivism.  Most Americans will be shocked to learn the details of how our good neighbor to the north is formally governed.


 Amnesty, Amity, Amenity… Sing the Refrain Until You Fall Senseless     Peter Singleton

Behind all the cynical manipulation by leaders of both parties sits a range of specific issues that all true Americans want to see addressed in our immigration policy.  


        Faith & Cultural Meltdown

Higher and Lower Nature: The Christian Duty to Stand Against Gay Marriage       Pancratistes

Our anonymous ecclesiast presents a case on behalf of traditional marriage between the sexes without recurrence to scriptural citation, but rather relying on the idea of universal reason upon which the early Christianity was built in the classical world.. 


        Home-Education Resources

Liberating Education: How Home-Instruction Can Elevate Income, Competence, and Social Harmony        John R. Harris

Home-schooling, far from being some sort of radical/cultic craze doomed to eventual failure, is already supplanting a doomed public school system.  We should not, furthermore, view this shift as a sign of socio-political collapse.  Though it has that aspect among the causes of its proliferation, home education is also a positive solution to many of our society’s most persistent problems..


 Aesop’s Fables and the Indian Panchatantra        Staff

Fables are fun to read, easy to teach, and many collections (like these two, from which we have selected but a few samples) are classics.  Yet understanding the original intent behind the tales is quite another matter.  Though often presented as children’s stories in the literate milieu of the recorder who has taken them down, their objective in the oral culture where they are rooted was by no means the entertainment of toddlers.


          Bright Ideas

Redefining Energy: From “Juice” to Functional Collaboration

Why must solar power be converted into a “usable form”–why not use it as it has been given to us?

Resisting the “Progress” from Animal Farm to Ant Farm

The advance of technology should inaugurate a golden age of independence, not of ever more massive and uniform collectives.