Monday, January 17, 2011

Dollars, Dames and Daniels
by Jamie Cottle and Anthony Peruzzo

Comics used to be filled with these awesome shorts -- 5-9 pages in length, usually a twist ending, a story defined by plot, not character. The character, in this case Bob Sly, Polyspecies Integrator, is revealed a wink and a nod at a time, a brief glimpse in each story. This series belongs to the traditions of Space Cabbie (, Star Hawkins ( and more.

The art is by a fellow Minnesotan, and the book is well worth the $4 I spent at The Source (
Comics I Refuse to Collect:

Any Marvel Comic related to the following crossovers:
Secret Invasion
Civil War
The Initiative

...because these crossovers are low-quality, in my opinion.

Any Fantastic Four book by Hickman, maybe no books by Hickman, because he's insensitive.
The Marvel 2000-era Moon Knight comics, which are bloody and violent and take something mystic and reduce it to gore.

Blackest Night
Brightest Day
Green Lantern Corps (2000s series), except for the excellent issues about the Star Sapphire, because they are bloody, bloody, bloody.
Where I'm blogging lately:
The Blogora of the RSA!

Sample entries below!

Rhetors in the News

* news

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 13, 2011 - 4:00pm

If you happen on a rhetor on the news in the next few weeks, post a link here:

Schiappa in Mpls, MN:



President Obama's speech in Tucson

* presidential rhetoric

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 13, 2011 - 10:55am

To the families of those we’ve lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.

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Lyceums, etc.

* cfp
* public address

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 11, 2011 - 5:30am

Where goes AGR goes smartness. Worth a look. --db

The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Globalism & Lecture Culture In Nineteenth-Century America
full name / name of organization:
American Antiquarian Society
contact email:


An Interdisciplinary Conference
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, 23-25 September 2011

Confirmed Speakers:
Thomas Augst (New York University)
Peter Gibian (McGill University)
Angela Ray (Northwestern University)

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Moment of Silence

* Giffords

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 10, 2011 - 11:25am

It feels like the Blogora should acknowledge the tragedies of the weekend. Every media or popular culture website, after all, is finding causes and reasons in the political rhetoric of our time. There may be time for that later; there may be time to rethink those assumptions, as well.

This morning, though, this post just represents a moment of silence -- a moment to reflect and to offer our respect and our condolences to all affected. --db








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Linked Courses

* pedagogy

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 9, 2011 - 11:08pm

Any literature like this in Comm? --DB


Happy New Year, friends

Rich Haswell and I are delighted to announce the publication of Michelle LaFrance's new bibliography on linked writing courses.

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Rhetorical Birthdays

* birthdays

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 9, 2011 - 6:49am

January birtgdays: send wishes to these rhetors; pick up their work again like an old friend:

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rethinking the dissertation

* the profession

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 8, 2011 - 1:17am

I think this is an awesome idea. --David

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The "Rhetoric Society's Second Purpose"

* the profession

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 5, 2011 - 5:38am

A lot of things have changes since the 1960s. From the first issue of RSQ:

"The Rhetoric Society's second purpose will be to disseminate knowledge of rhetoric and the powers of rhetoric to those who have been previously unaware of it."


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cfp: Tokyo

* cfp

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 3, 2011 - 12:15am

The Fourth TOKYO CONFERENCE ON ARGUMENTATION: The Role of Argumentation in Society

August 10-12, 2012
Sponsored by the Japan Debate Association (JDA)
------------------------------------Keynote Speakers------------------------------------

David Zarefsky, PhD Yoshiro Yano, PhD
Northwestern University Chuo University


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Corder on Love

* argument
* love

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 2, 2011 - 6:12am

For Slewfoot and the Islands in the Stream, from Jim Corder, "Argument as Emergence, Rhetoric as Love," and a good way to start a new year.

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