Leacock'n Bulletin August 22nd, 2019

LEACOCK

150~100~75


What started out as a Hunt for a wild creature has turned into a Search for a suitable venue for a Wedding, with lots of help, but under extremely difficult conditions. This is progress. The Saga unfolds.


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

August 22nd, 2019

WEEK TWENTY-TWO!


Pursuing

Unsolved Riddles

and

Social Justice

with a

Doublethinking,

Both-Anding

Cast of Mind

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

To see the complete portfolio, poke Twitter page below


‘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 Taming

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)

Onward the Stalking, Walking, & Talking Sagas!


In the Monday Stalking Blog we sketch the second decade of Stephen Leacock's journey towards the personage he became. He breaks free, only to be trapped again. Next week: the decade of the 1890's, his third.


In the Tuesday Walking Blog we visit Orillia, Stephen Leacock's Orillia, which turns out to be not what you thought it was.


In the Wednesday Talking Blog we scan the final chapter of his book The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice, and come to somewhat tentative conclusions, much more tentative than his. After all, one hundred years have passed.


Is it possible that the "sane, orderly, and continuous social reform" that he craved, is in fact what we have achieved, and go on achieving? Without losing our resolve, maybe we need to lighten up a little.


With both Resolve and Light in mind, chapters in the new saga are about to flow.

Next Bulletin: Thursday, August 29th

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.

Twitter

Thursday Posting Each Week

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

Facebook

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.


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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