Wisdom Archive

On Reparations for Historic, Collective Wrongs

Posted August 12, 2014 By John C Wright

From the Pen of Michael Z Williamson, genius. Remind me to read his SF books after buying them in hardback.   Dear United Nations: I note with approval that there’s a bill before the US Congress to compensate African Americans for their mistreatment in the past. However, I was talking to a Russian Jewish friend […]

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Wright’s Writing Corner: Diamonds, Piano, Chicken

Posted July 16, 2014 By John C Wright

The latest from my beautiful and talented wife: http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/2014/07/16/wrights-writing-corner-the-diamonds-the-piano-and-the-chicken/ Excerpt:   What does your character want? This is one of the number one things aspiring writers leave out of their manuscript. They tend not to tell the reader what the character wants. In particular, the reader needs to know: What is the character’s goal? What […]

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How not to Redeem the Wicked in Fairy Tales

Posted July 2, 2014 By John C Wright

This is perhaps my favorite essay written by my wife: http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/2014/07/02/wrights-writing-corner-redeeming-villains-how-not-to-do-it/ There has been a trend of late that I find quite disturbing. It is the “Let’s Redeem A Villain” movie. Now, keep in mind, I am all about redeeming villains. Were I not, would I have married one of the Evil League of Evil? […]

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Quote of the Day. Now with Paint Chips!

Posted June 4, 2014 By John C Wright

From Larry Correia, International Lord of Hate: Somebody suggested [as an alternate term for Social Justice Warriors, SJW] Perpetually Outraged Cockroaches, but that abbreviates to POC, and that is already being used for People Of Color, which is the supposedly not racist version of Colored People which is extremely racist. Got it? I seriously hate […]

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Quote for the Day

Posted May 2, 2014 By John C Wright

From THE Z LENSMAN by David Kyle: I note that you have a problem. You are wondering how to refer to me. Do you say, ‘He is certainly far more clever than I?’ Or do you say, ‘She is certainly more intelligent than I?’ Or perhaps you should use ‘it’? I am a Palainian ‘two’, […]

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Quote for the Day

Posted May 1, 2014 By John C Wright

“Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it.” – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (address to the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, held January […]

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My Wife’s Would-Be Resignation from SFWA

Posted April 29, 2014 By John C Wright

Here is a link to Mrs. Wright, known to the world under the pen name (and her maiden name) L. Jagi Lamplighter. While she was not formally a member, she was the one who paid for us and took advantage of the membership benefits, read the Bulletin, and so on. You or I perhaps could […]

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Quote of the Day

Posted April 28, 2014 By John C Wright

From the pen of Brad R. Torgersen: …but the little boy who cries wolf, and is himself a wolf in sheep’s clothing, doesn’t earn my respect or my ear…

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Wright’s Writing Corner: Heroines and Monsters

Posted April 23, 2014 By John C Wright

Today’s guest blog is an excerpt from an academic paper by a YA author who, amazingly, quotes–of all people–me. ;-) Are Kick-Ass Heroines Always Also Monsters? by Margo Bond Collins One of the things that I’ve always loved about the use of the term “kick-ass” is that it indicates approval of heroines’ tendency to move […]

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Ma-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Posted April 23, 2014 By Mrs. Wright

I have shanghaied this blog. You will have to read this post quickly, before the Master of the Blog returns and purges my post. I did not feel John’s comments on the Sneerers covered the matter sufficiently. In particular: -It is a classic bit of special pleading with extra sentiment and tearjerking self pity to […]

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