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A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

14.2 (Spring 2014)


A Quarterly Publication of the Center for Literate Values

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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

Post-Literate Reading and Writing: A Reconsideration After Another Decade of “Progress”       John R. Harris

The surrender of written communication, specifically, to electronic media is beginning to erode such distinctly literate skills as thoughtful skepticism and tasteful subtlety.  It’s also proving to be bad for your health.



Junkyard of Dreams         George Shirley 

An acutely whimsical poem about the sport once known as America’s pastime is framed by a no less poignant narrative that probably represents a familiar reality for many young men. 


                   The Polis vs. Progress

Exploring the Affinities Between Traditionalist and Ecological Thinking       Mark Wegierski

One of the greatest paradoxes in contemporary living is the political association of environmental preservation with high-tech progressive interests inimical to any sense of limit, natural or otherwise.  The very essence of the physical universe is the immutable, inviolable law.  The projection of such order into human affairs is traditionalism.

The IRS, the NSA, and Freedom of Speech in the Crossfire      John R. Harris

Whether or not law-abiding citizens engaged in free speech are in fact already being identified and targeted for reprisal by faceless technocrats, the apparatus for creating such an Orwellian nightmare is now firmly in place.


                   Faith & Cultural Meltdown

Beauty: That in Which Both Market and Church Are Poor        John R. Harris

Pope Francis stirred a lively controversy among conservative commentators late last year in proposing that capitalism does not necessarily bring out the best in people.  In this observer’s opinion, he was all too correct—but, alas, for the wrong reasons.


                   Home-Education Resources

Folk Tales and Fairy Lore in Gaelic and English          James MacDougall (collector and translator)

These Highland Scots tales are excerpted from a work now available online free of charge.  They not only provide an excellent lesson in folk narrative but are also accompanied (though not in our sampling) by the original Gaelic text, should an enterprising student wish to explore that language.  


                    Bright Ideas

A Surefire Way to Ensure School Safety from Fire (of Any Kind)          Anonymous Contributors 

In a politically charged climate where factionalists do not hesitate to accuse their adversaries of killing children, it is sobering to reflect that the simplest of architectural adjustments might save hundreds of young lives annually.


     Humor and Satire

 Linguistic Death Watch     Staff

So todays modern young teen’s thrive to use propper writting but it is oftentimes writhe with arrows without spell Czech.  (suicide pill not included).