What Is Literary Merit?

What Is Literary Merit?

I’ve been thinking, recently, about the idea of literary fiction and its merit. I think most writers come up against the idea of their work having merit at some point in their careers/lives. It has been, for the most part, one of the most divisive aspects of modern...
What Is “Good”?

What Is “Good”?

So, the other day, I wrote a little bit about humanism, what humanism means to me, blah blah blah, whatever, if you want to read it go right ahead. Anyway, through the course of it I made several references to “good” – now, the idea of good has had tens, if not...
A Personal Humanism

A Personal Humanism

So, recently, I wrote a few blog posts covering the basics of existentialism and I was extremely quick, as I recall to jump on the ol’ “Existentialism is a Humanism” argument. It occurred to me, however, as I sat here reading Gogol’s Dead Souls, that many people may...
What Is Absurdism?

What Is Absurdism?

In of itself, the term absurd is a synonym for ridiculous or preposterous. In the past I have also seen it described as anything, whether a thought process or a physical action, which is inconsistent with reason or common sense. For my part, I tend to lean towards the...