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?
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.
The words of the wise are as goads. Ecclesiastes
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
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.
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.) http://www.sil.org/
Books on Line
The Internet Public Library (including complete list of on-line global newspapers segregated by country) http://www.ipl.org/
Buddhist Studies Virtual Library (Voluminous material)
New York Public Library (See "Exhibitions On-line") www.nypl.org Librarians' Index to the Internet, "By Librarians; For Everyone!" http://lii.org 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.) http://cervantesvirtual.com/ Library of Congress Homepage (Not a books-on-line site, but indispensable nonetheless. The "American Memory" section is worth a glimpse.) http://www.loc.gov/
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
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
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) http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/index.html
Zuzu's Petals (Inexhaustible resource --- over 10,000 links to periodical literature sites.)
Admirable experiments in on-line journalism:
Arts & Letters Daily (Premier resource; fine articles; solid links.) www.aldaily.com SciCentral features a free scientific literature notification service. You may sign up to receive "alerts" from any - or all - of 120 scientific categories. www.SciCentral.com
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) www.indyweek.com National Catholic Reporter (Soulful reporting. Global coverage) www.natcath.org
Newspapers and Information Services
Alternative Press Sources
Web Tracks - Daily updates from the world press. Peace, justice and environmental issues. (Good Reuters leads) http://web-tracks.org/ National Catholic Reporter (Soulful reporting. Global coverage): www.natcath.org