The Swift Précis – First Installment

The Swift Précis Is a Tuesday feature where I choose what I found the most interesting reading during the past week and piece it together for your browsing pleasure. Most of it will be from blogs and other internet offerings — with appropriate links. But when I choose something in print, I will reference that as best I can too, for you to look up and follow if you so choose.

Today is the first time I will be doing this “best of the week/net” feature, and as I am currently behind on my reading, some of the items may be from “dated” internet postings that are still worth your look, if you haven’t already discovered them. Presumably I will be more up-to-date as the weeks go on, but, hey, being up-to-date is really over-rated, you know… especially with things that stand the test of time.

One of my favorite bloggers is Cedar Sanderson — I once said that should could make watching grass grow exciting — In the below blog she has an excellent comment on the benefits of being a moderate, and specifically moderation:

I recommend you read it, along, of course, with my own comments on moderation.

Another blog that I enjoy a lot is According to Hoyt. During a recent guest post, Alma Boykin raised the question: Do you Kipple?

This, and especially its comments, is a good discussion of the influence of author Rudyard Kipling on people today, especially since he has fallen from favor in many of the more “literary” circles. My own contrariness is seen in the comments, where I discuss G.K. Chesterton’s issues with Kipling’s philosophy — not his literary merit.

Going back to Cedar Sanderson, following in the wake of the razor ad fiasco, she wrote an interesting piece on what women want in a real man. I didn’t post any comment on this one

And finally, a fourth and last recommend for this week, back to According to Hoyt, this time a post by Sarah herself, on the various gradations of crazy:

A culture can survive and absorb a lot of different levels of crazy, but there are some types that are ultimately toxic to the culture itself, and she suggests how to recognize these and their dangers, and poses some important thoughts about what an individual can do about them. No comments from me here, except to you — Go read it!

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