In the late '50s, Bennett Cerf bet Doctor Seuss that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words. The result was "Green Eggs and Ham."

In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God's presence, and what God was, the Word was. He was with God at the beginning, and through him all things came to be; without him no created thing came into being.
                                                                                            The Gospel According to John 1:1-3

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant;
if what is said is not meant, then what ought to be done remains undone;
if this remains undone, morals and arts will deteriorate;
if morals and arts deteriorate, justice will go astray;
if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in hopeless confusion.
Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said.
This matters above everything.                                                                                   Confucius

Most violence is a language problem.
Young people don't know how to use words to navigate conflict.
Once you've said "Fuck your mama!" what else can you do but pick up a gun or knife?
                                                                                                      Janet Archibald
                                                                                                         Rochester, New York
                                                                                                                  Public School #22 teacher
                                                                                                                  35 year veteran

English is the only major language in which "I" is capitalized; in many other languages, "You" is capitalized and the "i" is lower case.   Sydney Harris

If we would change society, we must begin by calling things by their true names.   Confucius

We are so unaccustomed to precision of speech that when we hear it, our ears are frightened.                                                                                                                                          Stan Kunitz

With pen and pencil we're learning to say
Nothing, more cleverly, every day.
                                                                                          William Allingham

The words of the wise are as goads.       Ecclesiastes


Your Dictionary (Splendid Resource!)

Reference Desk

The American Heritage Book of English Usage

600 dictionaries (Aramaic to Zulu)

I Love Languages:

Merriam Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus (and 230 non English Dictionaries)

The Exploding Dictionary (an interestingly cross-referenced work)

Bartlett's Quotations

Classics, University of Kentucky

Maledicta Press is not for the easily offended

Wilton's Etymology Page (Far from exhaustive, but of interest)

Word for Word etymology site

Ed Lamereaux's Rhetorical Resources (Great Links)

English Usage. Great on-line bibliography including Strunk's Elements of Style, Scots English, The Grammar Lady, Ask a Linguist, Anagram Finder and The Acronym Genius

Evolution of Alphabets, Semitic and Slavic Languages. Site maintained by Robert Fradkin, U. of Maryland

Figures of Speech defined. Well-designed, straightforward webpage. (A subset of U. Kentucky's Classics webpage listed above.)

Good English, Bad English. Fine set of links.

Harcourt Dictionary of Science and Technology

History of English Website. A clearing house of well-arranged, high-quality links.

John M. Lawler, Linguist. Abstruse set of intellectually rigorous sites.

Language of the Land: Journeys into Literary America. (A bit thin, but fun)

ARTLEX. Art and Language. Good set of translation tools.

Lexical Freenet (with rhyming dictionary and "connected" thesaurus)

Links for Logophiles. Word origins, word games. Dictionaries. Fine selection of "other links."

Meso-American Language Documentation

Teaching Indigenous Languages.

Oxford English Dictionary, Word of the Day

The Maven's Word of the Day (from Random House)

Take Our Word for It. (The Weekly Word Origin web-zine)

The Human Languages Page. Over 1900 links. One strength is the site's language learning tools.

Ecology of Conversations: Live Speech and Dead Speech. Not everyone's cupatea, but interesting analysis. I like that the author quotes and approves of Ivan Illich.

Verbatim Magazine investigates language generally, and English specifically.

Word Detective:

Living Languages of the Americas (Fascinating compilation of languages which currently exist, but, which like 95% of the planetary languages currently spoken will be extinct in less than 100 years.)

Writer's Resources (the whole scoop):

History of the English Language:

TERRALINGUA: "Partnerships for Biologic and Linguistic Diversity"

ESL site (Good on-line tool):

The Grammar Lady

Phrase finder (the origin of phrases)

Tongue Twisters in 77 languages

World Wide Words (Exploring the English Language from a British Perspective)

Books on Line

Electronic Literature Directory (Vast access)

Bartleby Project

Project Gutenberg

The Internet Public Library (including complete list of on-line global newspapers segregated by country)

On-line newspapers by geographic region:

Bibliomania - literature and reference books "on-line" -

On-line Literature Library:

The On-Line Books Page (U. of Penn)

Great Books from Anova's web-ring

Great Books from Malaspina's web-ring

Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts

Bibliomania Classic Fiction

Emory University's Electronic Library Clearing House:

University of Maryland Reading Room

Concordances of Great Books (600 texts)

Classical Literature Archive (441 texts)

Classic Books on-line

Arthur's Classic Texts (with good links to other e-texts) Great Books and Classics Library

Book Browser Guide for Avid Readers. (8000 on-line reviews)

University of Toronto English Library

Buddhist Studies Virtual Library (Voluminous material)

Electronic Literature Directory

Classics Page (U. of Kentucky)

Perseus Homepage (with Latin texts)

Electronic Text Center (Fair collection; good links)

Library of Congress

New York Public Library (See "Exhibitions  On-line")

University of Michigan Library

University of Michigan Reference Desk

Librarians' Index to the Internet, "By Librarians; For Everyone!"

Biblioteca Virtual Cervantes (an ongoing project of the Universidad de Alicante which aims to upload all "significant" Spanish books for free on-line access. Even their English language catalog is superb. See below.)

English language on-line book access through Biblioteca Virtual Cervantes

Christian Classics "Ethereal Library" (Exemplary collection)

Biblical Research Tool (including several versions of the Bible.) University of Birmingham, England

New Advent (a wealth of Christian texts)

The Fathers of the Church, Original Texts

Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich

Tools for Conviviality, Ivan Illich

A Constitution for Cultural Revolution, by Ivan Illich

Facsimile Manuscripts at Oxford University (Beautiful illuminations)

Children's Literature on the Web (U. of Calgary)

Search Across Scientific Journal Sites to locate original texts. (Stanford U.)

Library of Congress Homepage (Not a books-on-line site, but indispensable nonetheless. The "American Memory" section is worth a glimpse.)

Afro-American Women Writers of the 19th Century

Martin Luther King Papers (at Stanford U.)

The Complete Thomas Jefferson Papers

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

Alexis de Tocqueville

Harper's Weekly. The 19th Century World

Myth and Legend. A riot of top-notch links.

Sherlock Holmes Collection

Shakespeare Collected Works

Social Criticism Review (Great collection of essays and excerpts)

Cambridge History of English Literature

The Devil's Dicitonary (and more) by Ambrose Bierce

The Moonlit Road (Ghost stories of the South)

Selected Essays by Montaigne

Vaclav Havel personal webpage

The Poetry Archives

Library Journal "Best Books of the Year" (reviews)

Samizdat Express. One of the quirkiest personal sites on the web. Content-rich.

Used book location service. Links with thousands of dealers.

Short Stories (all categories including children's stories)

Essays On-Line

Social Criticism Review (Social criticism as if survival mattered.) Kirkpatrick Sale, Howard Reingold, Neil Postman, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Amitai Etzioni, Robert Bellah, David Korter, Jerry Mander, Jean Bethke Elstain, Lewis Lapham, Jeremy Rifkin, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Gary Wills, Immanuel Kant, Thoreau, de Tocqueville, Dostoyevsky, Aldous Huxley, Eduardo Galeano, Sakharov, Camus, Faulkner, Aristotle, Plato

"Global Stewards," a sustainable living anthology.

On-line Media Literacy Project (Great Collection of on-line articles including Postman, Howard Reingold, Larry Cuban)

Essays on the Philosophy of Technology

Archived articles from 350 journals (including America):

Resurgence Magazine: Articles On-line (From Gorbachov to Thich Nhat Hanh):

Schumacher Lecture Series (with all previous lectures - Wes Jackson, Kirkpatrick Sale, Jerry Mander et al.):

Ten Solutions to Transform Victorian Capitalism into Democratic Capitalism  David M. Boje  June 17, 1998 --- Good, hyperlinked article with links to Mondragon cooperative. Strong Illich influence. Focus on decentralized community organization in New Mexico

Essay on the relationship between knowledge and love: "We know to the extent we love." Augustine of Hippo

Scott London interviews Jerry Mander, Terry Tempest Williams, James Hillman, Benjamin Barber, Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Sam Keen, Richard Rodriguez and others. (Mostly Sun Magazine interviews)

The Neo-Luddites by Kirkpatrick Sale

Memory Palace: Vernacular Culture in a Digital Age (Streaming audio interviews with Illich and others)

Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital

Cultivating Christian Anger: A Warning from the Fifth Century

Technology and the Future

The Global Ideas Bank

Magazines On-line

Resurgence (To my mind, the best on-line magazine.)

Orion Online (Check out "Curmudgeon in the Wild"):

Zuzu's Petals (Inexhaustible resource --- over 10,000 links to periodical literature sites.)

Admirable experiments in on-line journalism:

                                        Spark On-Line                                        




Sun Magazine (A magazine of ideas from Chapel Hill, NC)

Whole Earth Magazine

Harpers http

The Nation (Intelligent views from the left)

First Things (Intelligent views from the right)

Arts & Letters Daily (Premier resource; fine articles; solid links.)

New Republic On-Line Books, Magazines and the Arts

Parabola: Myth, Tradition and the Search for Meaning

Sojourners Magazine

Christian Science Monitor

New York Times

New York Times Book Review:

The New York Review of Books

Cortland Review:

La Raza (Bilingual on-line magazine based in Chicago)

Spanish language newspapers (by country, region and city)

Mother Jones Interactive

One World.Net (Rooted third world perspectives)

Reporters' Internet Guide

Black Van & Processed World

The Onion (Satire)

U.S. News (and World Report)

SciCentral features a free scientific literature notification service. You may sign up to receive "alerts" from any - or all - of 120 scientific categories.

Sci Tech Daily is an on-line scientific magazine with an extraordinarily rich "home page."

Scientific American

Popular Scientist

Popular Mechanics

Smithsonian Magazine

Cultural Survival (See Cultural Survival Quarterly on homepage)

Touchstone Magazine

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Old Farmer's Almanac

News of the Weird (Truth is stranger than fiction.)

On-line newspapers by geographic region

Scoop (from New Zealand):

Discovering Archaeology (a Scientific American publication):

Brill's Content. The All-Star Newspaper. Links to the best of the press.

The Independent ("home" of columnist Hal Crowther; by my lights America's most insightful political commentator)

National Catholic Reporter  (Soulful reporting. Global coverage)

Newspapers and Information Services

On-line newspapers by geographic region:

Most Linked-To Local News Sites (by American Journalism Review): 

The Omnivore (A daily news and information service):

Alternative Press Sources

Alternative News Sources:

The Progressive:

Truth Out

Common Dreams News Center

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

Web Tracks - Daily updates from the world press. Peace, justice and environmental issues. (Good Reuters leads)

Independent Media Center (National scope with full list of local links)

Alternative Press Review

UnderNews (from The Progressive Review):

Just Response (Views the world with religious "bias"):

Madre (International Women's Human Rights Organization):

Between the Lines (A weekly radio news magazine):

The Independent (England):

Global Info (Daily News Service of the Developing World):

News Choose

Infoshop (anarchist orientation):

United for Peace and Justice

Corporation Watch (Holding Corporations Accountable):

National Catholic Reporter  (Soulful reporting. Global coverage):


Magazines, Newpapers, Information Services and Alternative Press Sources located at bottom of page