[ilds] Police, puritans and changing times

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 14 06:59:48 PST 2007


Great writers are capable of saying all kinds of absurd things, so that puts EH and LD in the same boat.  Academics, on the other hand, are sane, rational, grammatically correct, and often boring.  They don't have the madness necessary to write great books.  Your example of Shelby Foote's deliberate solecism, however, is wrong.  His point is that prior to the US Civil War, the term "United States" took a plural verb, i.e., the states were separate entities, but after the war it took a singular, i.e., the nation was a unity -- or so it once was.  I think it's reverted to the plural.  Everyone should go to Egypt.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au>
>Sent: Dec 13, 2007 10:42 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Police, puritans and changing times
>glad someone responded to my post. I like Ol' Hem too, but he is not exactly 
>flavour of the month with the fashionable literary set is he? all that 
>blokey stuff. "only Bullfighters live all the way up" - only Hem could say 
>that! I guess once you are famous you can say anything. Paris Hilton says 
>"I'm deep" and people ....well know what she is talking about
>So I am going to say "only Rugby players live true lives"
>Or "the American Civil War made us an is" - Shelby Foote
>Glad your back Bruce - what an exotic life you live.
>Denise Tart & David Green
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>dtart at bigpond.net.au
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 4:02 AM
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Police, puritans and changing times
>> Back from Egypt.  Well put, DG, although I question the assessment about 
>> EH, for the same reason LD is no longer trendy.  I like Papa.

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