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Nancy’s “Olivia Jaimes”
The Washington Post reports that Olivia Jaimes, or “Olivia Jaimes,” the pseudonymous artist who draws the new Nancy, will appear this week at a comics festival in Ohio.
comics  Nancy 
yesterday
Dreaming of autumn and fall
Precognitive dreaming? Autumn, fall, Mutts, and synonymity.
comics  dreams  words 
yesterday
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Probationer’s problem, perhaps.” “18+ points, to librarians.” “Paper that requires reporting.” “’90s diet with menu cards.”
crossword 
yesterday
As our president would write, WOW
From The New York Times: “The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.”
politics 
yesterday
Word of the day: panoply
A word I can live without. But gosh, is its origin surprising.
words 
yesterday
“Everything was upside-down”
From W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.
Sebald 
yesterday
MSNBC, sheesh
Heard a few minutes ago: “As the walls close in on multiple fronts . . .”
sheesh 
yesterday
Strunk and White mattering
“Strunk & White was the first text for millions that persuaded reluctant writers that the writing craft was not an act of magic, but the applied use of both rules and tools”: Roy Peter Clark writes about “Why Strunk & White still matters (or matter) (or both).”
EBWhite  Strunk  writing 
yesterday
The Write Stuff
From BBC Radio 4, The Write Stuff, “the radio panel game of literary correctness.”
literature  radio 
yesterday
Yesterday and Today
As we used to say in elementary school, Do your own homework. Or, Keep your eyes on your own paper. Jeez.
journalism 
4 days ago
Weavers and writers
From W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.
Sebald 
4 days ago
The, that woman
There is more than a touch of misogynist condescension in “the woman” and “that woman.”
culture 
4 days ago
Pocket notebook sighting
From Dead End (dir. William Wyler, 1937).
film  notebooks 
4 days ago
“Clouds of paper”
A passage from W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.
Sebald 
4 days ago
Megan Garber on “boys will be boys”
“In Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that a young Brett Kavanaugh compromised her autonomy in another way, another norm is being litigated: the way we talk about sexual violence. Whether such violence will be considered an outrage, or simply a sad inevitability. Whether it will be treated as morally intolerable . . . or as something that, boys being boys and men being men, just happens.”
culture 
4 days ago
Postage due
From Zippy: where do you put the stamp? Inside or outside the envelope?
analog  comics  letters  mail  Zippy 
4 days ago
How to help
How to help people affected by Hurricane Florence: The New York Times has suggestions.
life  weather 
4 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
Today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper, by Andrew Bell Lewis, may appear “Knotty, at first” (67-Across, seven letters). But the puzzle turns out to be doable, very. Knotty but nice.
crossword 
4 days ago
Orange Crate Art at fourteen
My blog is fourteen years old today. It’s an awkward age.
blogging 
4 days ago
On the run in Los Angeles
From Act of Violence (dir. Fred Zinnemann, 1949), Angels Flight and the 2nd or 3rd Street Tunnel.
film  LosAngeles 
4 days ago
EXchange names on screen
From Act of Violence (dir. Fred Zinnemann, 1949.
film  telephone 
4 days ago
This is your arm on drugs
From It’s O.K. to Say No to Drugs!: an illustration that became a standing joke in our fambly.
fambly 
4 days ago
Ads ’n’ rockets
Somewhere David Foster Wallace is shaking his head: both yes and no.
DavidFosterWallace 
4 days ago
Eleven!
Our favorite granddaughter is eleven months old today.
fambly 
4 days ago
Pluto in the news
“Pluto is most definitely a planet — and should never have been downgraded, say some scientists” (CNN).
Pluto 
4 days ago
Theatre of dreams
A passage from The Rings of Saturn.
dreams  Sebald 
12 days ago
“The Real Lesson of September 11”
Joe Quinn, a United States Army veteran, writes about “The Real Lesson of September 11.”
9/11 
12 days ago
#strawberries
The Washington Post explains The Caine Mutiny ’s influence on the drafting of the Twenty-fifth Amendment.
film  politics 
12 days ago
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Coming in November: Jazz In Detroit / Strat Concert Gallery / 46 Selden , a 5-CD/5-LP set of Charles Mingus performances, recorded in 1973.
CharlesMingus  jazz  music 
12 days ago
Recently updated
Now there’s an account of Avital Ronell’s administration and teaching from the former chair of the NYU German department.
academia 
12 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Straight to the left.” “Heavy wind.”
crossword 
12 days ago
Potrzebie
A Mad word in Zippy.
comics  words  Zippy 
12 days ago
Obama in Illinois
“Better is always worth fighting for.”
BarackObama 
12 days ago
Remembrance of spam past
Thaddeus G. Blankenship and other spam names.
e-mail  names  spam 
17 days ago
Remembrance of comics past
Ipswich Nordisk, race-car driver, misses Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy.
comics  Nancy  Proust  Zippy 
17 days ago
“Unraveling”
Bandy Lee, the psychiatrist who edited The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, has revealed that White House officials have been in touch with her about Donald Trump’s mental health.
politics  truth 
17 days ago
A timely notepad
A Time Secretary, notepad and clock, as seen in the movies.
analog  film  paper  time 
17 days ago
Timely lines from a Lowell
James Russell Lowell:

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
truth 
17 days ago
Ego sum, ergo sunt
Trump says that when he’s no longer president, The New York Times and CNN will cease to exist.
politics 
18 days ago
Killing “craft”
Brett Kavanaugh said this morning that he was not involved in “crafting” a program of enhanced interrogation techniques or its legal justifications. How urbane.
words 
19 days ago
Arial? Or Helvetica?
A quiz: So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica?
typography 
19 days ago
Separated at birth
Charles Grassley and Abraham Jebediah Simpson II, aka Grampa Simpson.
separatedatbirth 
19 days ago
Facebook fakes
An instructive New York Times feature: “Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?”
technology 
19 days ago
Proust in cartoons
From Liana Finck, cartoonist: An Incomplete Biography of Marcel Proust.
cartoons  Proust 
19 days ago
REAL ESTATE
I am always happy to see signage in the Flagstons’ world moving in the right direction, or in the left-to-right direction.
comics  Hi&Lois  signage 
19 days ago
Bundyville
From Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, a seven-part podcast series.
podcasts 
19 days ago
Pen, notebook, cursive
A.O. Scott, New York Times film critic, keeping it analog.
analog  notebooks  paper  pens 
21 days ago
Cursive camp
“I love how, at the end of the day, you see all the amazing stuff we can do with letters.”
handwriting 
21 days ago
Labor Day
Photograph of a welder, 1942.
photography  work 
21 days ago
Leaving Las Vegas
“How come you haven’t been to class?”

“I was in Las Vegas.”
teaching 
21 days ago
Book clubs and the Internets
The Economist reports on book clubs and the Internets.
books  reading 
21 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
”Supervisor of deck hands.” “Made just for you in London.” “Cap conclusion.”
crossword 
21 days ago
Oliver Sacks’s marginalia
Photographs of Sacks’s marginalia.
OliverSacks 
21 days ago
A “fluid plane”
I strongly suspect that J.W. Dunne’s work helped to inspire the MJT’s Geoffrey Sonnabend and his theory of obliscence.
memory  time 
21 days ago
Working with Avital Ronell
At The Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrea Long Chu writes about working as one of Avital Ronell’s teaching assistants: ”A culture of critics in name only, where genuine criticism is undertaken at the risk of ostracism, marginalization, retribution — this is where abuses like Avital’s grow like moss, or mold. Graduate students know this intuitively; it is written on their bones.“
academia 
21 days ago
What Biden was paraphrasing
“’A was a man, take him for all in all, /
I shall not look upon his like again.”
Shakespeare 
21 days ago
Nancy pop corn
Today’s installment of yesterday’s Nancy prompts the question: Was popcorn once spelled as two words?
comics  Nancy  spelling 
21 days ago
Oliver Sacks and words
In The New York Times, Bill Hayes writes about Oliver Sacks’s love of words.
OliverSacks  words 
21 days ago
“An idiosyncrasy peculiar to the herring”
From W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.
Sebald 
21 days ago
Falltime
One way to know you’re now in your sixties: at a yearly physical, the first question from both nurse and doctor is “Have you fallen in the last year?”
life  time 
21 days ago
Deb Larson-Venable talks about David Foster Wallace
I found it by chance: a 2014 recording of Deb Larson-Venable talking with Christopher Lydon about David Foster Wallace. Deb is the executive director of Granada House, the halfway house where Wallace got sober.
DavidFosterWallace 
27 days ago
Pocket notebook sighting
This fellow shows up in one scene in La roue (The Wheel) (dir. Abel Gance, 1923). His newspaper is just a cover. His real work: recording the drinking habits of the trainmen in his notebook.
film  notebooks 
27 days ago
MSNBC, sheesh
A few minutes ago: “Mueller might lay low.”
sheesh 
27 days ago
A last word from John McCain
From a letter addressed to his “fellow Americans” : “We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”
culture  history 
27 days ago
Twelve movies
Four sentences each. And stars.
film 
27 days ago
Gym, yikes
The New York Times reprts: “How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today.”
life  past 
27 days ago
“Case Closed!”
Bill Griffith loves Nancy.
comics  Nancy  Zippy 
29 days ago
John McCain (1936–2018)
“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.”
culture  politics 
29 days ago
Non-metaphorical sharpening
John Dickerson: “School is starting again and I am sharpening my pencils. That’s not a metaphor. I am actually sharpening pencils.”
analog  pencils  supplies 
29 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“Musical set at the Sleep-Tite factory.” “Bavarian cream desserts.” “Apollo headgear.”
crossword 
29 days ago
“Closing In”
A Barry Blitt New Yorker cover.
art  NewYorker  politics 
29 days ago
Commercialese and its discontents
Eric Partridge: “It is easy, far too easy, to write a letter in which occur all the well-worn terms, all the long-winded phrases, all the substitutes for thinking.”
writing 
29 days ago
The guys problem
Joe Pinsker writes about the problem with — and without — the word “guys.”
words 
29 days ago
CNN, sheesh
“The rails are starting to come off.”
metaphor  sheesh 
29 days ago
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