A quick lesson in effective communication from Basil the Great

Basil the Great effectively communicating with and Prince Vasili III

Remember that time you confused Hemingway with Basil the Great? I was reading something by St. Basil the other day and was amused by the overlap."[T]he excellence proper to discourse is neither to hide the things signified in obscurity," said Basil, "nor to be redundant and empty, turning in all directions while overflowing randomly."Clarity and economy. The thought reminded me of Hemingway's comment on writing as architecture.In his day, Basil was a popular writer and … [Read more...]

Impact of the King James Bible

King James Bible

Novelist John Updike once called the King James Bible “our language’s lone masterpiece produced by committee.” He said that in a New Yorker review of Robert Alter’s translation of the Pentateuch—The Five Books of Moses.Well, Alter now has a new book about the King James Bible and its influence on the style of six American novelists: Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy. It’s called Pen of Iron, a title taken from Jeremiah 1 … [Read more...]


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