LiturgicalCredo is going straight for the well-worn phoenix simile. We’re not even going to apologize.

We will publish a new edition this fall, and we’re accepting submissions from July 2 to July 31.

We think we have a really cool “About” page, so please read it.

Then, learn what and how to submit.

We will rise like the phoenix to publish again. You can send us that peculiar griffin from your imagination.

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Have enough aesthetic and literary knowledge to know what you’re up to. You need not be up to a lot, you just need to know how to do what you’re up to. That way, knowledge and intention can meet, and you will produce a complete compositon. — Colin Foote Burch

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Putting things together...

“The art of lying dates to ancient times, and tall tales are found throughout the world…. [yet] comic, artful exaggeration was a particularly American form of humor,” said the largest sea bass in the world, right after I caught him.*

*The largest sea bass ever might have been quoting “The Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century.”

GABBERT, LISA “Folktales and Tall Tales.” Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century. Farmington: Gale, 2000. Credo Reference. Web. 18 May 2014

“The hard-boiled stories, in print and on screen, focus on the detective at his job which usually turns into an obscure game of intrigues, doubles-crossings and traps which the detective falls into. His desire for truth is a challenge to his reason, feelings (ethical code) and body – he takes the beating ‘like a man’. He wants to escape and make sense of this nightmarish world, he does not know who is playing him, and he is alone because he does not trust anybody. The person who lures him into this dangerous game is the femme fatale – beautiful, deadly, manipulative woman – who acts as a helpless victim so the detective should save her.”  
— Veronika Pituková, in “Clash of Desires: Detective vs. Femme Fatale

“Academic writing still usually gets taught in the first semester or two of undergraduate study. But the ability to write clearly about complex texts and ideas seems to me less a prerequisite for a liberal education than one of its distinctive achievements.” — Joseph Harris, in the preface to the 2012 edition of A Teaching Subject 

Synecdoche is a figure of speech or trope that uses a part to represent a whole, or a whole to represent a part.

For example, “Hey blondie, let’s listen to Old Blue Eyes.”

Blondie calls someone by a reference to his or her blonde hair, and Old Blue Eyes is a nickname for Frank Sinatra, who most certainly had blue eyes. So in both cases, a part of the person represents the whole person.

“The Redskins missed the field goal.”

“Redskins” refers to the Redskins’ kicker, the whole team for the part who last night couldn’t quite get the pigskin through the uprights.

“Get your ass over here.”

Incidentally, one’s ass cannot arrive without the person attached to it, so the part is summoned as a way to get the whole (not hole) to arrive.

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Anton Chekhov's Short StoriesAnton Chekhov’s Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book.

Chekhov compassionately renders prostitutes, impoverished peasants, and overworked youngsters. As he advised in one of his letters (available in this edition), he strives for an objective presentation of characters and their situations. But his intentions cannot be dodged: he wants you to have compassion on his characters. After any sensitive reading, the reader will have compassion.

His shortest stories offer a stern retort to those who would malign today’s “flash fiction.” The earliest story here is also one of the shortest: “The Chameleon,” which provides a sort of slapstick by way of dialogue. It’s only an early work by someone who would become a great artist — slapstick probably isn’t considered the goal of capital-a Art. Yet the story’s structure and quick, effective characterization show Chekhov knew the craft well enough to take it somewhere interesting, as he did.

The letters and the critical articles in the back are not oriented toward the usual lit-crit of Norton Critical Editions. Rather, they seem almost exclusively focused on the craft of writing. At least that’s how I took them.

I wish I could read Chekhov in Russian!

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Updated Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.

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