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INTRODUCTION post tenebras lux He saw the townlands
And learned the minds of many distant men
And weathered many bitter nights and days
In his deep heart at sea, while he fought only
To save his life, to bring his shipmates home.
---Book I, The Odyssey

Ahoy there mate! Contained herein are the captain's logs of The Jolly Roger, flagship of Classicals & LLC. The words were set down during a five year voyage of fantastic romance, peril, and adventure, as the Good Ship sailed the WWW on towards an American Renaissance. Beyond the fogs of cynicism we've navigated, and at the breaking edge of postmodern liberalism, we've sighted the dawning of a classical conservative revival that shall be known by the rising generation, as well as by all who count themselves members of the community of eternal souls.

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.99" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2000
Publisher   Classicals & LLC
ISBN  1930151047  
ISBN13  9781930151048  

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Fan Since 1997...Just Got The Book  Nov 19, 2003
Well I first found the site while researching a paper on Herman Melville, and I remember the first night I stayed up reading the poetry and prose communicating the bold new visoion of a renaissance in American Letters. It seems the literary world, for numerous reasons, is one of the last bastions of postmodern hipsterism. I just can't see too many bright, entrepreneurial individuals going after an MFA. Instead they'd use the tuition to launch a website and business devoted to the Great Books, like the jolly roger lads have done.

This book presents a brief history of their accomplishments via poetry and prose, interspersed with fan mail. The authors also have the foresight to characterize their uphill battle, as they know that by exposing the self-indulgent shallowness of pomo hipsterism, they'll make many enemies in the MFA world--the clubby world of liberal insiders who control the presses, the corporate conglomerates, the editorial rooms, the literary journals, the literary agencies, and the magazines. Without the internet, the jolly roger could not be, and thus the renaissance would have to wait. The entire MFA country club isn't going to enjoy the renaissance all that much, as it will translate into less money in their pockets as their literary bureaucracies are exposed.

Well that's what I got out of the book, but the book expresses it a bit more eloquently. The Truth Will Set You Free. But it ain't ever easy. Godspeed!

Verbal Vomit and the Man  Nov 13, 2003
I am very glad to be able to come to the aid of humanity by telling them to avoid this billious turkey and the website that inspired it. These Princeton dorks believe in their own press maninly because they write it themselves. Their site is a wasteland of tirede cliches and agit-prop all except for the wit and wisdom of Phil O. Soph). These studs take themselves far too serously BUT their main refrain is to gain as much ad revenue as they can before the IRS nails them to a tree. It would be great if this book sank into the fathoms of iliiteracy where it belongs...overblown, sanctimonious and a true threat to America as we think we know it...blah !
Best Book by Gen-x Authors  Sep 2, 2003
I was enthralled to find the website and then the book which is a compilation of essays from the network, as well as quite a few extras. Basically the "Good Ship" perceives postmodernism's destructive tentacles reaching out through all aspects of culture, and they architect a plan to build lighthouses in the postmodern fog utilizing yesterday's Great Books, and thus navigate an American Renaissance. Written incomplete defiance of the snarky insiders and the prevailing MFA fashions, this book affirms that Great Literature springs eternal. In the deep of night is when our dreams are born anew. From essays stressing honest business practices, to poetry expressing deeper, truer love, this books speaks to the practial idealist in us all.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping  Apr 13, 2003
Well, the boys are doing their job. I enjoyed the diversity of literary styles within this epic, from poetry, to philosophy, to cultural commentary, to short stories. They're doing their job, but where are the contemporary scholars, editors, critics, and hypesters? Somewhere in the sixties literature was transformed into a fashion, and the classics were thrown out along with decent manners, deep humour, and the basic common sense which all classics pay homage to. On with the renaissance--may common sense, exalted beauty, and classical themes prevail once again in our contemporary literature!
Are these people for real?  Dec 20, 2002 is an unnavigable site that has never appeared to be updated regularly. It was one of the first sites I found when I came online three years ago, and I've continued to look in on it because it tends to come up in search engines all the time. features dozens of discussion forums that no one posts in - they steadily filled up with junk posts and spam for years. It's a ghost town. Apart from the forums, the site was distinguished by several manifestos proclaiming the 'www renaissance', but they were years old and no cultural renaissance appears to be taking place on the web.

After watching this huge site sit there gathering dust for two years, I suspected that the entire thing was some kind of put-on, maybe bait to attract page hits for advertisers. But now I find this book praising the importance and achievement of Who on earth are these people? After seven years they are still complete unknowns to most of the net community, yet they continue to proclaim themselves leaders of a 'renaissance'.


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