The Latter Day Gentleman and Other Essays

by Atticus Grammaticus



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/29/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781420858419

About the Book

Those of you who were delighted with Solo, Atticus Grammaticus''s Guide for Men Whose Fate is Not to Endure the Raptures of Marriage, will find further enjoyment in this collection of timely essays on what Grammaticus calls with acerbic good humor "the human condition."


The twenty-five essays in this book-witty, intelligent, sometimes hilarious, but always thoughtful-will hold you in thrall.  In "A Mother is Not Always a Mom" the author questions modern linguistic innovations (and their concomitant pitfalls), such as the contemporarily popular and virtually universal use of "mom" and "dad" as the replacements for the earlier, statelier titles of "mother" and "father." As only two examples of where this might lead he supplicates solemnly: "Our Dad, who art in Heaven..." and suggests that we "Just once, try singing "Sweet Mom Machree...."


His thoughtful but not optimistic analysis of the present state of American English will provide you with a good deal to reflect upon, and those of you who enjoy the poetical mood will find "Some Brief Thoughts on Poetry" a fascinating exposition on the too-often amateurish and disappointing plethora of contemporary verse with which we continue to be inundated. The Shaggy Dog," with its examples to support what could become "a whole new genre of comedy," will keep you glued to its pages.


In his very readable and highly prudential penultimate essay Grammaticus suggests that we not take ourselves too seriously, reminding us of Napoleon''s too-little-known aphorism that "Tragedy can be turned into comedy merely by the act of sitting down." In his final offering, "The Message"  he supports this contention with a wry  vignette from his experiences in Vietnam, which for reasons of his own he prefers to refer to as "Indochina."



About the Author

Following twenty years as a US Army Infantry officer  "Atticus Grammaticus" (Pascal Ronald Politano) lectured in English and political science at the university level in both Germany and Italy for eight years. He has lived in Europe, Hawaii, and  Japan, and has traveled widely in  the Far East,  Africa, the Near East, and in South and Central America. Now he lives at "Il Boschetto," his country residence near Constableville, New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, where he continues to write prose and poetry.