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Poetry Break

The late Clive James, from his final book The Fire of Joy, out tomorrow: My understanding of what a poem + more

Here We Go Again

I feel much the same about presidential debates as I do golf: It’s time that I’ll never, ever get back. + more

What we do…

As the decades have come and gone, I’ve had my hands on a majority of the projects that have passed + more

Happy National Punctuation Day®!

Big day today, everyone—big day: “A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of + more


Today is the first day of autumn. Or, as I like to refer to it, that day in September when + more

Monday Diversion

If Al Franken drawing a map of the United States from memory can’t bring us all together as a nation, + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

“The old man the boats.” “The prime number few.” “Fat people eat accumulates.” There’s a clever linguistic term for these + more

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Shot: “I sometimes wonder if there have not been two great disasters in the history of modern letters: the first when + more


“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of classical music’s most famous works,” tweeted one of the mouth-breathers at Vox this morning. + more

An Observation

I may have mentioned that I’m reading my way through The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro’s (currently) four-volume biography + more

The Secret to Ursula’s Success

According to Open Culture, Ursula K. Le Guin had the best work schedule: I don’t know the degree to which + more

Local Boy Does Good

Speaking of music (see yesterday’s post for some of the year’s notable recordings), winners of the 2019–20 Ernst Bacon Memorial + more

The Glass Is Half…Something

I think we can all agree that, by and large, 2020 has sucked wet dog fur. BUT. There’s been some + more

Quote of the Day

“Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s + more

Long Reads for the Long Weekend

“Rather than a neat evolutionary line,” writes Florence Hazrat, “imagine punctuation developing as a rhizome, a horizontal mesh of practices, + more

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