Tuesday, March 24, 2015

666: the joy of hating

The idea of hell has evolved over millennia. Where did it come from, and why does it endure? A brief history of eternal punishment... 666

“Nature seems (the more we look into it) made up of antipathies,” William Hazlitt, the British critic, wrote in his 1826 essay, “On the Pleasure of Hating.” “Without something to hate, we should lose the very spring of thought and action.” Hazlitt was in his forties when he wrote the essay and had suddenly realized that he hated a lot of things—more, it seemed, than he loved—and for reasons that didn’t seem very good. He hated people for how they dressed; he hated books, even some that he had once liked; he hated himself. Were Hazlitt born two centuries later, in this country, the chances are good that he would have added the men’s basketball team at Duke University to his list The joy of hating

Dear pedantic grammarians: Your rules are just stylistic conventions. We’ll split an infinitive or end a sentence with a preposition anytime we  Want To

“For the most part, M.F.Astudents who choose to write memoirs are narcissists using the genre as therapy.” But candor is no excuse for incompetence... We told you so ...