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The Wreck Of The Titan

|May 3, 2012


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Once seen as a prediction of the sinking of the Titanic , this novella was written 14 years before that ill-fated event of 1912—now, on the centenary anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, the striking similarities can be examined again in this new…
Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

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"An entertaining history of great oratory" and a primer to rhetoric's key techniques ( The New Yorker) . In Words Like Loaded Pistols , Sam Leith traces the art of persuasion, beginning in ancient Syracuse and taking us up to the Twitterverse. Along the way, he…
Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

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Rhetoric is all around us. It's what inspires armies, convicts criminals, and makes or breaks presidential candidates. And it isn't just the preserve of politicians. It's in the presentation to a key client, the half-time talk in the locker room, and…
Our Times In Rhymes: Being A Prosodical Chronicle Of Our Damnable Age

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A parliament of fools, or a confederacy of dunces? Blethering celebrities and blundering politicians, royal babies and right royal cock-ups, milkshake madness and vegan sausage rolls - and, of course, the long and winding road to Brexit. If ever the times were…
Write To The Point: A Master Class On The Fundamentals Of Writing For Any Purpose

|August 7, 2018

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Good writers follow the rules. Great writers know the rules-and follow their instincts! Finding the right words, in the right order, matters-whether you're a student embarking on an essay, a job applicant drafting your cover letter, an employee composing an…
Lord Berners: The Last Eccentric
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|October 4, 2012

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Here lies Lord Berners/One of life's learners, Thanks be to the Lord/He was never bored. So reads the epitaph on the gravestone of Lord Berners. In its witty way, it hints at his range of accomplishment. He was a composer (admired by Stravinsky), writer, painter,…