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June 2022

Farewell

After 6,205 days on the job, I’m hanging up my spurs. Which means this blog post (number 1,627, for those + more

Forget Everything You Learned in School, Part 17,593

On a flight home from grading hundreds of the 280,000 five-paragraph essays submitted for the Advanced Placement Test in English + more

My Kind of Deadline

The most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary—the 600,000-word “Victorian phenomenon” that is, in fact, my favorite lexical record—was + more

Miscellany

Elizabeth Corey praises the slow, humble work required of true scholarship: “Though it can be fun to act as an + more

You Are What You Read

I’m no Art Garfunkel, but I have been keeping track of my reading over the last couple of years. Just + more

Quote of the Day

From the eminently quotable Cornel West, on the subject of American pragmatism: We can go all the way back to + more

Travel Report

Had a picnic lunch with the missus last Monday in Lonerock, Oregon. We were on our way home from Redmond, + more

Music for Hump Day

Leo Nocentelli turns 76 today. The lead guitarist and co-founder of The Meters was born in New Orleans in 1946. + more

It’s Come to This

Six years ago, when we first brought to your attention the emergence of curate as a synonym for select, I + more

Nightmare Fuel

If hell exists—and I’m inclined to believe it must, otherwise the Kardashians would have no place to go when they + more

Art and Devotion

Over at Hazlitt, Matthew Bremner writes beautifully about Justo Gallego Martínez and the cathedral he worked on—largely by himself—for 60 + more

Et tu, New Yorker?

I was reading a this story about MSG when I came across the following: Despite MSG’s image makeover, I’ve found + more

Miscellany

Researchers estimate that 90 percent of medieval manuscripts have been lost completely. Florence Hazrat asks the important questions: Are prescribed + more

Old Man Yells at Cloud

This xkcd comic—from 2010, mind you—remains true today: I mean, see for yourself: exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C, exhibit + more

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