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An episode of 99% Invisible about punctuation.
punctuation 
8 days ago
Principiis obsta and finem respice
Post-WWII, a professor of philology (“Middle High German was my life”) speaks.
culture  history  politics 
8 days ago
Talia, nine months old
Crawling, laughing, or lost in introspection, Talia is nine months old today. Go Talia!
fambly 
8 days ago
Meow?
“If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.”
comics  philosophy  Wittgenstein 
8 days ago
Twin State Typewriter
J.D. Salinger went there for ribbons and repairs.
Salinger  typewriter 
10 days ago
Sliding pond
A sliding pond (or sliding pon) is what most English-speaking United States residents would call a slide or, less commonly, a sliding board or sliding plank.
childhood  NewYorkCity  words 
10 days ago
“Extended controlled inundation”
An Orwellian way of saying that you’re living in a reservoir, that the land on which your house sits can be flooded, under the auspices of the United States Army Corp of Engineers.
euphemism  GeorgeOrwell  language 
10 days ago
Misquoting from memory
Writing from memory, I had “The stone’s in the midst of it all.” That’s how I’ve had the line in my head since I was an undergrad. But no. Yeats’s poem reads, “The stone’s in the midst of all.”
memory  poetry  Yeats 
10 days ago
On Proust’s birthday
“There is a Monsieur who narrates and who says ‘I’; there are a great many characters; in the first volume they are “prepared” in such a way that what they do in the second is exactly the opposite of what one would expect from the first.”
Proust 
10 days ago
Double articles
As in “the El Phoenix Room.” Gone but not forgotten.
Boston  DavidFosterWallace  grammar 
10 days ago
Life before air-conditioning
In 1998, Arthur Miller wrote for The New Yorker about life before air-conditioning.
dowdyworld  summer 
10 days ago
A coffee quiz
A Life advertisement, 1938.
coffee 
12 days ago
Trump vs. breast-feeding
“The intensity of the [Trump] administration’s opposition to the breast-feeding resolution stunned public health officials and foreign diplomats, who described it as a marked contrast to the Obama administration, which largely supported [the World Health Organization’s] longstanding policy of encouraging breast-feeding.”
culture 
12 days ago
Domestic comedy
While watching 90 Day Fiancé . It was very late.
domes 
12 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“Galaxy cluster.” “Joiner of many clubs?”
crossword 
12 days ago
Hi and Lois watch
Comic-strip characters in church.
comics  Hi&Lois 
12 days ago
Beautiful libraries
From the BBC, some of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
FordhamUniversity  libraries 
15 days ago
Claude Lanzmann (1925–2018)
“A relentless interviewer, he used whatever it took — filming surreptitiously, posing as a French historian trying ‘to set the record straight’ — to pry astonishing stories out of his subjects.”
film  truth 
16 days ago
Henry Butler (1948–2018)
He was a pianist of tremendous intensity, and a great unhurried conversationalist, with a dry sense of humor.
jazz  music  piano 
16 days ago
The Gateway
A six-part podcast series from Gizmodo about self-described “spiritual catalyst.”
podcasts 
16 days ago
The Fourth
“They’re not the first to come here, strangers to the country and to English, and soon be at home.”
culture 
16 days ago
“The Immigrants”
A new recording from Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks: “The Immigrants.”
music  VanDykeParks 
16 days ago
Five questions
The Washington Post asks “the five hardest questions in pop music.”
culture  music 
16 days ago
Coffee or die
In the news: “Drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of early death — virtually regardless of how much you drink and whether or not it’s caffeinated, concludes a paper published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.”
coffee 
16 days ago
Backblaze
Wirecutter’s choice for best online backup service.
technology 
16 days ago
An Almodóvar Jotter
From Matador. The police commissioner holds a Jotter.
film  pens 
16 days ago
Como dice Borges
“El nacionalismo sólo permite afirmaciones y, toda doctrina que descarte la duda, la negación, es una forma de fanatismo y estupidez”: did Borges say or write these words?
Borges  quotation 
16 days ago
Zippy Bumstead
Zippy as Dagwood Bumstead, Griffy as Mary Worth. Or is it Dagwood as Zippy, Mary as Griffy?
comics  Zippy 
16 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“They often run about an hour.” “They run more than three hours for seniors.”
crossword 
16 days ago
George Cameron (1947–2018)
When it comes to the Left Banke, I am very late to the show.
music 
16 days ago
“The donor class”
“I think that a lot of Democratic politics has been about trying to find the least offensive cause to the donor class to rally people around while stepping on the fewest toes”: Jeff Beals, Democratic candidate in a New York congressional primary race, from the most recent episode of This American Life.
politics 
22 days ago
I’m not sure there’s even an A.Word.A.Day word for this one
The New York Times examines the close relationship between our president and the son of a retiring Supreme Court justice.
politics 
22 days ago
Words from politics
This week from Anu Garg’s A.Word.A.Day , words from politics: malfeasance, nepotism, emolument, collusion, impeach. Yep. They all fit.
politics  words 
22 days ago
Lucy’s whom
Lucy has asked Charlie Brown, “Which is correct, ‘Who are we kidding?’ or ‘Whom are we kidding?’”
comics  grammar  Peanuts  usage 
22 days ago
Another
Current events are a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
culture 
22 days ago
College radio
The life and death of a great college station.
radio 
22 days ago
Reason to hope
Michael Bechloss, historian of the American presidency, has thoughts that give me some reason to hope.
culture  politics 
22 days ago
Separated at birth
Colonel Klink and Rudy Giuliani.
separatedatbirth 
22 days ago
Some Tuscan rocks
Stefan Hagemann sent along a photograph of some noble Tuscan rocks, with permission to post it here. Thank you, Stefan.
comics  Nancy 
22 days ago
Recently updated
Another version of the cold and fever maxim.
quotation 
22 days ago
Rabbits
As Brett Terpstra says, in a markedly different context: “Some of us always follow the rabbit.”
Internet 
22 days ago
Amphiboly, achoo
Feed a cold and starve a fever. Who said it, and what does it mean?
quotation 
22 days ago
“On the shores of the Neckar”
A hurdy-gurdy man is playing in the courtyard. From Berlin Alexanderplatz.
AlfredDöblin 
22 days ago
Dan Ingram (1934–2018)
“A quick-thinking, somewhat bawdy jester who mocked songs, singers, sponsors and the weather at WABC-AM.”
radio 
22 days ago
Stefan Zweig Digital
A new online resource from the University of Salzburg: Stefan Zweig Digital.
Zweig 
22 days ago
Twelve movies
Four sentences each. No spoilers.
film 
22 days ago
Pencils and missing pencils
The Crow writes about pencils and missing pencils. What would you write with the last pencil on earth?
pencils 
27 days ago
Nancy, philosophe
Nancy is right there with Blaise Pascal.
comics  Nancy  philosophy 
27 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
27-Across, eight letters: “Turkey dinner.”
crossword 
27 days ago
Stanley Cavell (1926–2018)
Stanley Cavell on watching tragic drama: “Now I can give one answer to the question: Why do I do nothing, faced with tragic events?”
drama  philosophy 
27 days ago
A misspelling in the news
No misspelling can be called “minor” when it’s on a thirty-foot-tall guitar. Or, for that matter, on any guitar.
misspelling  spelling 
27 days ago
“Pepper sardines”
A scene from The Other Side of Hope (dir. Aki Kaurismäki, 2017).
film  sardines 
29 days ago
“Against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds”
Cass Sustein on “the ultimate safeguard against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds.”
politics 
29 days ago
Two words
Which word more accurately characterizes people leaving Central America and seeking asylum in the United States, “migrant,” or “refugee”?
words 
29 days ago
20,000 children
“Zero-tolerance” policies never work well. These preparations bode a humanitarian nightmare — something like a junior version of Guantanamo Bay.
politics 
29 days ago
Zippy Lupino
Zippy must be thinking of the 1953 film The Hitch-Hiker.
comics  film  Zippy 
4 weeks ago
A summer salad
The first day of summer: Persian salad season begins.
food  summer 
4 weeks ago
Flip-flop
“Rarely has the White House so tacitly and unmistakably admitted to overplaying its hand. And rarely has it so blatantly copped to its own dishonesty about its actions.”
politics 
4 weeks ago
Recently updated
John Shimkus, now with a position, or an evasion, really.
politics 
4 weeks ago
History in P.S. 131
“It began with the discovery of a trove of historic documents long forgotten in the back recesses of an art cupboard.”
Brooklyn  BoroPark  BoroughPark 
4 weeks ago
Recently updated
John Shimkus, still missing in action.
politics 
4 weeks ago
A WWII pilot’s pencil
On the original Antiques Roadshow , an RAF pilot’s pencil, hiding a map and compass.
pencils 
4 weeks ago
A “government handout video”
You’re a real profile in courage, John Shimkus.
politics 
4 weeks ago
Fifty blog-description lines
“My, that coffee smells good.”
blogging 
4 weeks ago
NPR, sheesh
From a story about wildfires in the American southwest : “visitors tip well to hear old-timey Western tunes like ‘The Entertainer.’”
NPR  sheesh 
4 weeks ago
Music for Father’s Day
I’ve listened to the last of my dad’s CDs: Lester Young.
family  jazz  music 
4 weeks ago
Parents and children and money
Writing in The Washington Post, James A. Coan, a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, considers the long-term effect on children of separation from their parents and concludes that “the Trump administration is committing violence against children.”
childhood 
4 weeks ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“‘Mother of the Blues’ who sang with Satchmo.”
crossword 
5 weeks ago
Bloomsday 2018
What Leopold Bloom thinks about when he goes to sleep.
Bloomsday  JamesJoyce  Ulysses 
5 weeks ago
An editorial
A New York Times editorial: “Seizing Children From Parents at the Border Is Immoral. Here’s What We Can Do About It.” Have you called your representatives in Congress yet?
culture  family  politics 
5 weeks ago
Mac hardware :(
Mac developer Quentin Carnicelli writes about the sad state of Mac hardware.
Mac 
5 weeks ago
Prestigious signatures
Injustice in this situation would seem to me to be the use of academic power and prestige to influence the resolution of a harassment charge.
academia 
5 weeks ago
La Posta Fazzio
It was the label that drew me to La Posta Fazzio Malbec. It so happens that the wine is good too. But that label!
Borges  design  wine 
5 weeks ago
Zippy Dean
In today’s Zippy, Zippy walks in the rain, just like James Dean in a famous Dennis Stock photograph.
comics  photography  Zippy 
5 weeks ago
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