Mr. Horne's Book of Secrets

Philosophy

Ode to Mr. Devil’s Advocate

As a writer, it is often easy to overlook the fundamental principles of… Mr. Devil’s Advocate: “Ugh.” The fundamental principles of… Mr. DA: “Uuuugh.” Because a writer is basically a… Mr. DA: “UUUuuugh.” Something eating you, Mr. Devil’s Advocate? Mr. DA:…
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Hollywood has an Iconography Problem

Have you ever noticed how Jesus is everywhere? And I don’t mean “everywhere” in the sense that He’s divinely omnipresent. No, I mean the other kind of everywhere—specifically, I am talking about movies. Because people are putting Him in movies.…
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The Reader is King

Dr. John Horne again joins us with this rebuttal to my earlier article. He has much to learn.   I’d like to dedicate this post to by brother, Alan, without you, my intended reader, this post would not exist. You…
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The Writer is King

Decision by democratic majority vote is a fine form of government, but it’s a stinking way to create. LILLIAN HELLMAN This post is going to be a long one. Just thought I’d let you know in advance. There is much…
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The Birth of Tragedy

Once again, Dr. John Horne joins us on Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. He has a PhD in marine biology and writes in a variety of genres.   Right now I’m reading The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nitzsche. I’m not…
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On the Randomness (and fairness) of Success

Dr. John Horne joins us again this week. He has a Ph.D in marine biology and writes a broad variety of genres.   Growing up my father used to say, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” But it wasn’t until…
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Putting it to Words

The effable is preferable to the ineffible. -Primo Levi Things You can Learn from a Guava Fruit There is a school of thought that decries the physical world, the idea being that enlightenment is a purely intellectual exercise and that…
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Censorship

Few subjects are as important, to an author, than the one I am going to discuss here. Censorship stands in oppostion to everything authors stand for, because it is the literal opposite of publication. And authors have been aware of…
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Mr. Devil’s Advocate Sets the Record Straight

Hi there, Mr. Devil’s Advocate here. Now, I understand that all of you have been spoon fed some rather flamboyant opinions lately. Since I am in the business of keeping extreme ideas in check, I thought I should take this…
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Let’s Legalize Cheating

This blog entry was supposed to be about censorship. All throughout December and into the new year, I was brainstorming a perspective on censorship that would be both powerful and original. I kept putting it off, not really knowing why.…
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