Leacock'n Bulletin April 16th, 2019

LEACOCK

150~100~75

Celebrating the

Stephen Leacock Anniversaries

in 2019


150 years

after his birth in 1869


100 years

after his climactic work

The Unsolved Riddle

of Social Justice


75 years

after his death in 1944

Leacock'n Bulletin

April 16th, 2019

WEEK FOUR!


Pursuing

Unsolved Riddles

Social Justice

Pluralism

and the

Both-And Spirit

through

Knowledge

Imagination

Compassion

Humour

in three blogs—>

Leacock

(Dark Tower)

Blog



Mariposa

(Labyrinth)

Blog



Producer's

(Yottapede)

Blog



Postings are early this week, due to the holy days.


This Week's Pictoverbicon

THE ‘S0LUTIONS’ TO THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

IS NOT TO BE FOUND AT ONE OR ANOTHER POLE OF BELIEF

NOR IN THE SPACES BETWEEN THEM, BUT AT ALL POLES


Gateways: This Week's Progress

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Web Site

Lightly up-dated each week. This web site is the hub of the whole project, and will evolve with it. Right now it does what it needs to do, which is primarily to link to the rest of the endeavour. As ideas come together, more substance will emerge.

E-Mail

The weekly Leacock'n Bulletin is going out to the e-mail list, which grows steadily. If you want to be on it, just send us a message, also if you want to be off.

Leacock Blog

Monday Posting: Week Four.

The Goddess Ertia and the Hobgoblin Inertia did not make the cut this week. Olde Stephen's conversation gets caught up in Dark Towers. Ertia and Inertia will return, however. But will they be found inside the Dark Tower, or complicating the hard journey toward it, or in the surrounding wilderness, or even among the watchers browning themselves on the hillsides? We'll know eventually.

Mariposa Blog

Tuesday Posting: Week Four

A day early this week. The Mariposa TUROSJ hunters walk Sunny, the first circle of their labyrinth, and derive therefrom imaginative energy for the rest of the walk: a good way to start. On Mercury, the next ring, they hope for some new thoughts about Social Justice. After Sunny they are primed and ready.

Producer's

Blog

Wednesday Posting: Week Four

Two days early this week. Our producer re-introduces the Yottapede, a beast not seen in these parts for some time. It gets larger, but not more beautiful. After all these years his mind turns once again to models and modelling. No, not that kind of model, but the kind used for simulations. He dreams of an holistic social-economic-environmental-cultural-political model of, or for, the Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice. Poor man. So confused. And this Yottapede? Oh dear.

Bulletins

Thursday Posting Each Week

A brief posting of no particular consequence except to remind people of our existence and, we hope, trigger viral response, went out today. If you are in the mood to trigger viri, please go ahead.

Slug-Horn

Thursday Posting Each Week

This posting has much the same intent as the previous, but is more verbose, as the medium allows. The Slug-Horn metaphor is often worked, or over-worked, here along with others.

Publisher

Continuing Saga

Our relationship with our hybrid publisher evolves slowly. We are in negotiations for status as a "Special Project" in their system, and for publication of four Anniversary books. Work has begun on the first of these, a commemorative edition of Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich. No publication dates have been set, except that the new The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice will follow the publication schedule of Stephen Leacock's version, which came out chapter by chapter as separate articles in the early Fall, and as a book in January.


Mission of LEACOCK 150~100~75

To engage many people, and their minds, in a celebration of the life, works, and ideas of Stephen Butler Leacock, who remains himself an Unsolved Riddle in Canadian literature and social-economic-political commentary; to conduct an on-line "iSymposium" for this purpose.

To probe the Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice as we find it now, and to re-write the book for our time. We will release the book as Stephen Leacock did: in chapters separately and weekly in the early Fall, and as a book in January.

To publish three more books:
• a commemorative edition of Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich;
• a new anthology of rare and wonderful Leacock works; and
• a diverse collection of papers about him, scholarly and otherwise.

Stephen Leacock's Key Ideas:
Unsolved Riddles ... Both-And ...
Knowledge ... Imagination ... Compassion ... Humour ...
Talk ... Drink ... Laugh

By referring to The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice as a climactic work, we draw attention to a progression in Stephen Leacock's books, articles, and speeches. This begins with his Ph.D. thesis in political economy (1903) and his textbook on political science (1906), where his approach is academic. It becomes progressively more out-reaching, culminating in his series of public articles on "Practical Political Economy" (1910). In the same year he emerged as a popular writer of humour. He therefore adds that to his serious preoccupations in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914). The progression effectively comes to an end with The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice (1919-20), where he identifies, but does not pursue, the trope that in our interpretation captures the essence of his view of the human political-economic condition. In that sense the book is climactic.


These are milestone titles; throughout the whole period his total flow of books, articles, and public lectures is gigantic, on top of his university teaching and other duties as head of his department.


In 1919 he is fifty years old. He writes voluminously for another 25 years, spreading amusement and occasional interest, but without his earlier insight and brilliance.


Next Bulletin: Tuesday, April 16th

(early because the Passover-Easter week-end comes)


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LEACOCK 150~100~75

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