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Introducing the Sunoasis Literary Blong with comments, observations, links, and assorted fits and starts. What is a Blong? It's what writers who respect the art of writing write.


 

"It does not take a majority to prevail...but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

Samuel Adams

I bought a book as a kid, I must have been nine or ten, and I was with my dad in a bookstore in San Francisco. The book was Volume Four of a history of Rome, "Roman Supremacy," published in 1939.

The Oxford professor, Hugh Last, wrote a chapter on, "A Roman Citizen Surveys The World," and concludes with these words. Events

He's summing up the decline of the Empire and some lessons to draw. "Barbarian attacks on the frontiers and a consequent increase in the tax-gatherer's demands forced the emperors' hands to measures which in the end were disastrous. But from the tale there emerge two lessons which are clear..."

Read on

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MY VIRTUAL SPACE
 

The poet, now up to speed, spoke in the empty park in front of the hypothetical citizen, "Oh you tribe of powerful men and women sequestered in the old mansions of power; the machinery driving through you is transparent and old. my virtual space

The people smell decay on their way to games." Read on.


THE DIGITAL WRITER
 

The internet is a peculiar mass medium. It moves in a collective fashion, like a tsunami, and yet is dotted with absolutely startling new things. In its collective mode it is like radio and TV. Every decade and every generation will see enormous change.

Today is fated to be laughed at in the future. A precious view legacies remain from 50's television; everything else becomes subject to scorn and criticism. The Net will experience this. Underneath the heaving snake however are grains of sand that hold eternities. These are vastly more important and interesting than Yahoo, Craigslist, Google, or a host of infamous internet players. Read on

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