The Literary Salon

A free salon wherein patrons and passers-by may view or contribute ideas on literary and generally intellectual matters. The blog will strive to maintain its commitment to wit, humour and perspicuous analysis.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Death of the Apostrophe

I completely agree with this well written, incisive, and witty piece from the National Post. Yes, it's about apostrophes, but the author expatiates on how it is a symptom of something bigger.

Favourite Quotes

"Then, there are proud philistines who feel that whatever they don't know, doesn't matter. For them, the proof that something isn't important to know is that they don't know it. If it did matter, they would know it, and since they don't, it doesn't. 'What did you say that writer's name was -- Ibsen? Never heard of him. Can't be very important.'"


"In ancient Greece, young Demosthenes wanted to be an orator. Since he stuttered, he is said to have trained himself by placing pebbles in his mouth. If the tone-setters of our age stuttered, they wouldn't bother with pebbles. They'd abolish public speaking."

I'm not sure whether I'm getting more conservative, but I find that the National Post is the only paper usually worth reading: their articles and especially editorials are much more interesting than those of the other papers in this country, even if I disagree with them.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Well, it's that time of year again. In case you're wondering, no: this is not another rant from an angry single man; it's a bit more philosophical, so read on.

If I were a woman, and my significant other gave me a flowers and a box of chocolates on February 14, I would actually be offended. First, I would ask, why are you getting me a gift when that's what everyone else is doing on that exact same day? Second, if you're going to give a gift, be a little bloody creative: get your significant other a painting, a book, a ride in a horse drawn carriage, or cook that person a special meal, etc, etc.

I'm not saying people in relationships shouldn't give each other gifts or do nice things for each other, but it is really irritating that people do the same things on the same day because Hallmark tells them to. Am I the only one who thinks this is insane?

Every day should be Valentine's day: you should let the other person know he or she is appreciated as often as possible. In the same way, you shouldn't wait until Mother's Day to call your mum or do something nice for her; every day should be Mother's Day.

That's it. V-day is one of those times I'm actually kind of glad to be single.