Leacock'n Bulletin June 13th, 2019

LEACOCK

150~100~75

Please Note:

No new Leacock'n Bulletin this week

Next Issue: June 20th


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

June 13th, 2019

WEEK TWELVE!


Pursuing

Unsolved Riddles

Social Justice

Pluralism

and the

Both-And Spirit


in three blogs—>

Stalking

Blog




Walking

Blog




Talking

Blog




DAUNTLESSLY, STEP-BY-STEP, BOTH ONE AT A TIME AND ALL TOGETHER!

with

KNOWLEDGE! IMAGINATION! COMPASSION! HUMOUR!


This Week's Pictoverbicon


‘S0LUTIONS’ TO THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

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

NOR IN THE SPACES BETWEEN THEM, BUT AT ALL POLES


Report on Progress in the Hunt for the

Wild Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice

(images below are link buttons; for Mission scroll down)



Stalking

Blog

(Mondays)


Walking

Blog

(Tuesdays)


Talking

Blog

(Wednesdays)

Forward the Stalking, Walking, & Talking Sagas!

As presaged, the teams in each of the Three Sagas have been reorganized and are ready to get on with the job. The whole new arrangement progresses as follows:


In the Monday Blog, where will unfold the Stalking Saga, the one remaining mole and his colleague the feminequine centaur Mnemochiron (transposed from Wednesday) will stalk the Yottapede (ditto) both inside and out through the dire streets of the Sagacities, burrowing and prancing through the Charged Global-Perceptual Membrane-Medium-MemBrain, or Charged Ooze, or Chooze, taking careful observations leading to a full understanding of the habits of the wild Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice and its eventual subduing;

In the Tuesday Blog the Walking Saga will unfold on the floating island of Mariposa, wherein the Labyrinth Walkers will continue their pilgrimage in proper Cretan order, taking their own time in their own way for the same purpose. They march to the beat of their own Slug-Horn, trying to make it less distant and far away with each iteration. For practice, this week they try it out on Education, blowing in harmony


“DAUNTLESSLY, STEP-BY-STEP, BOTH ONE AT A TIME AND ALL TOGETHER!”

and

KNOWLEDGE! IMAGINATION! COMPASSION! HUMOUR!


which is the Leacock Tetrad. In this enterprise the double slug-horn proposed by this week's Muse Euterpe could prove invaluable. (I haven't yet figured out how to blend the Nine Muses into the Sagas, but I will; this may be one way.)


In the Wednesday Blog, following the Talking Saga, Olde Stephen, you, and I stroll around the perimeter of Mariposa, closely watching both stalkers and walkers, learning what we can from their adventures, building our own interpretation, and conversing about it. This week we begin to probe the vexed question of prognostication lurking so pervasively in all consideration of Social Justice and its Unsolved Riddles. We use climate change as our example, but could just as easily have used global population growth, inequality of opportunity and prosperity, pluralism, tribalism, individualism and collectualism, precarious livelihoods, our relationship with Nature, democracy, consumerism, culturism, education, and any other issues of like importance. All these issues we, and-or the other teams, will confront in due course.

Next Bulletin: Thursday, June 20th

We are taking a one-week break for family visiting

Web Site

Web Site: Regularly Up-Dated

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

E-Mail: Always Available

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. Also, especially, if you have any comments or suggestions for the unfolding sagas.

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.

Longer Ones

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.

Publishing

Partner

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.


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