War is much in the news these days, to the great distress of the world. There is not a continent on Earth on which some form of violence is expressing our species capacity for hatred and cruelty. What did Henry Miller think of war and how it could be avoided?
Miller regarded war as the ultimate expression of anti-life. In the midst of World War Two, at the urging of his devoted follower Bern Porter, Miller wrote a pamphlet titledMurder the Murderer that set forth his position. Not surprisingly, Miller’s views on war reflect his belief in the inviolability of the individual human conscience, and his condemnation of mass movements. War results because men surrender their individuality to the will of the herd⎯a herd that is manipulated to pursue the interests of a privileged few.
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
First revealed during Comic-Con, the first trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” has arrived. Things to note: the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s committed work as Plutarch Heavensbee, a first look at Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin and four words from Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. “I am. I will,” Katniss says when asked if she’ll fight the Capitol. Fist pump! "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" is due out in theaters on Nov. 21.
The following is an excerpt from It’s Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Cliches [Oxford University Press, $24.95], a collection of frequently-used yet defensible clichés. According to author Orin Hargraves, inexcusable clich&ea…
a breath of fresh air
Like many clichés that consist of monosyllables, this one is often preferable to a more literal formulation of the idea it expresses. It becomes clichéish only when accompanied by the superfluous welcome or much-needed; it is a rare breath of fresh air that does not have these attributes inherently.
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