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UPC
Much cheaper than FPC.
food 
yesterday
More blizzardous
I went looking for John Ashbery’s word “blizzardous” in Google Books and found an 1888 column by one J. Ashby-Sterry.
JohnAshbery  words 
yesterday
Martha Penteel
From Ministry of Fear. In a movie full of doors, this one is the oddest.
film 
yesterday
A blizzardous Wednesday
From a diary, February 19, 1941. The writer, John Ashbery, was thirteen years old.
diaries  JohnAshbery 
yesterday
“The end of walking”
“There are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk — to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car — is a struggle, a fight.”
walking 
yesterday
Trump as student
I think a D (as in Donald) would be generous.
politics 
yesterday
Separated at birth
Bérénice Bejo and Paula Beer.
film  separatedatbirth 
yesterday
A joke in the traditional manner
Where does Paul Drake keep his hot tips?
joke  PerryMason 
yesterday
Talia Ivy Raab
Our daughter Rachel and her husband Seth have announced the birth of their daughter, Talia Ivy Raab.
fambly  life 
yesterday
Adjunct lives
There is something unspeakably mad about teaching critical thinking while having to live in a car.
academia 
yesterday
Eyes everywhere
From Kafka’s The Trial.
Kafka 
yesterday
The art of the con
“The most Trumpian aspect of the executive order is that it makes life easier for con men”: Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Donald Trump’s executive order on health care.
politics 
yesterday
The Odyssey and mentorship
At The Atlantic, Gregory Nagy, classicist, talks about Telemachus and mentorship and Homer’s Odyssey.
Homer  Odyssey 
yesterday
“We’re drowning in filth”
Flogging in the workplace. From The Trial.
Kafka 
7 days ago
Kafkaesque
Trending at Merriam-Webster.
Kafka  words 
7 days ago
A precipitation question
Tiny specks of moisture, like miniature snowflakes, very sparse, and so slight that they bounced around on air currents instead of just falling to the ground. Called what?
weather 
7 days ago
“Bushy black and large”
Dreamlike and highly cinematic, from The Trial.
film  Kafka 
7 days ago
A Dunning-Kruger moment
What’s the 25th Amendment?
politics 
7 days ago
Zippy on campus?
For me, “We’re excited you’re here!” rings of corporate insincerity.
college  comics  Zippy 
7 days ago
Nora Johnson (1933–2017)
Best known for the novel The World of Henry Orient.
fiction 
7 days ago
David Brooks and SNOOTs
David Brooks misunderstands the David Foster Wallace acronym.
DavidFosterWallace 
7 days ago
OOP
Oversight in Online Processing.
reading  technology 
7 days ago
Hi and Lois SWODNIW
Wrong-way window-writing.
comics  Hi&Lois 
7 days ago
Josef K. in motion
From The Trial. It’s so easy to imagine such a scene as the stuff of silent film.
Kafka 
11 days ago
Hi and Lois watch
Today’s Hi and Lois makes me think of the first sentence of a poem I made from remarks of my then-very-young daughter Rachel: “The colors are / broken.” They are, indeed.
comics  Hi&Lois 
11 days ago
Good cop, bad cop
This metaphor for a Tillerson–Trump North Korea strategy is, let’s say, faulty. And not merely because there is no evidence of a coordinated strategy.
metaphor  politics 
11 days ago
Domestic comedy
“It would have been like galley slaves, but with grading instead of oars.”
domesticcomedy 
12 days ago
Recently updated
A pictograph minus hat, lampshade, and typewriter.
art 
12 days ago
“Bob & Timmy & Lassie”
Fresca, l’astronave , has made a photo-collage to go with my story “The Poet.”
art  Lassie  poetry  RobertFrost 
12 days ago
Astonishment
I’m astonished that Rex Tillerson is astonished.
politics 
12 days ago
Nancy rain
I’ve been waiting for the chance to identify with Nancy.
comics  Nancy  weather 
12 days ago
Stoner movie
The Hollywood Reporter reports that John Williams’s 1965 novel Stoner is being adapted as a movie, directed by Joe Wright and starring Casey Affleck.
fiction  film 
12 days ago
“The Poet”
A second short piece of fan fiction, by me: “The Poet,” a Timmy and Lassie story. Featuring a Major American Poet!
fiction  Lassie  poetry  RobertFrost 
12 days ago
Proustian music
Violinist Maria Milstein and pianist Nathalia Milstein are releasing a CD, The Vinteuil Sonata, with music by Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Pierné, and Camille Saint-Saëns.
music  Proust 
12 days ago
A Garner quiz
Bryan Garner offers a quiz in minimalist editing.
BryanGarner  grammar  usage 
17 days ago
Shimkus fail
My representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), has an A lifetime rating from the NRA. He leads Illinois Congressional Republicans in total contributions from the NRA. Truly, his concern about “the destruction of human life” seems limited to pre-natal life.
culture  politics 
17 days ago
“The Weight”
Mavis Staples, Nick Lowe, and Wilco rehearse Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight.”
music 
17 days ago
Too early?
Is it still too early to be discussing gun-ownership rights? As it has been for a long time now ?
culture  politics 
17 days ago
Nineteen hours
A New York Times critic attends a performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations .
music 
18 days ago
George Blood, L.P. 78s
At the Internet Archive: 78rpm recordings digitized by George Blood, L.P. The sound is excellent, made possible by a turntable that records with four different needles.
music  records 
18 days ago
Another Henry
The Henry world seems to know only one modern sculptor: Henry. Moore, that is.
art  comics  Henry 
18 days ago
“Technocracy Debunked”
An Everyday Science and Mechanics cover, February 1933.
design  dowdyworld  magazines  technology 
18 days ago
“Henry Ford?”
From an Alice Munro story.
AliceMunro 
18 days ago
The Lettermate
Yes, you could just put a piece of lined paper in the envelope to use as a guide, but why would you, when you can use a nifty tool instead?
analog  letters 
18 days ago
“The ‘nailing’ of crates”
Marcel Proust’s letters to the people who lived upstairs. This beautifully produced book gives us something fairly unusual: a portrait of the artist as a neighbor.
Proust 
18 days ago
Helping Puerto Rico
The PBS NewsHour lists ways to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
life 
18 days ago
a l l Gon e
The transformation of music into files ought not to mean the erasure of that music’s history.
Amazon  jazz  music  technology 
18 days ago
“This Cather stuff”
Alex Ross visits Willa Cather’s Nebraska.
WillaCather 
18 days ago
On the shelf
Griffy’s and Zippy’s brains are on the top shelf, taking a break.
comics  Zippy 
18 days ago
Current events
Commentary from The New Yorker on the latest from Donald Trump.
culture  politics 
18 days ago
A pencil sighting
A Staedtler Noris 122 in Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces.
film  pencils 
24 days ago
Notebook sightings
Three notebooks from Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces (2009).
film  notebooks 
24 days ago
“An image of the audience”
Neil Postman on the politician as an image of the audience.
culture  politics  television 
24 days ago
Against consolidation
Rachel Peden: “It is my basic belief about elementary schools that consolidation is not the answer; the schools should be small, well equipped, and have superb teachers, highly paid. Expensive, certainly, but all good things are.”
education 
24 days ago
Clock and season
Matt Thomas suggests living less by the clock, more by the season.
seasons  time  work 
24 days ago
“All this analog stuff next door”
Erik Spiekermann: “We have a dozen presses, lots of paper, lots of type, and I spend all my time looking at a fucking screen? It’s ridiculous.”
analog  digital 
24 days ago
Nambian Covfefe
An image out of Spiritus Mundi.
advertising  coffee  politics 
24 days ago
“Grammar Nazi”
Funny and charming, even if what Reese Lansangan cares about is, for the most part, spelling and usage.
grammar  misspelling  spelling  usage 
28 days ago
Pianos, Joel’s and Waits’s
Did Tom Waits’s “The Piano Has Been Drinking” begin life as a parody of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”?
music  TomWaits 
28 days ago
One Alice Munro sentence
Nine of its fourteen words form prepositional phrases, but the sentence moves as quickly as the truck, or the air.
AliceMunro  writing 
28 days ago
Fujitsu Mini-Split FTW
Our utility company sends us a monthly page about our energy use. The mini-split beats an air conditioner.
energy 
28 days ago
Speak, rock
Three (“some”) rocks in Zippy.
Nancy  Zippy 
28 days ago
First-Class Mail Shape-Based Pricing Template
It’s the cool postal tool with the unwieldy name.
mail 
28 days ago
Review: Roscoe Mitchell, Bells for the South Side
These two hours of music travel by in what feels like much less time.
jazz  music 
28 days ago
Dream commercial
In last night’s sleep, a commercial for The Tonight Show.
advertising  television  usage 
28 days ago
Organized squirrels
News from the cute-animal kingdom: they sort their nuts.
nature 
4 weeks ago
Twelve more movies
No sentence count. No spoilers.
film 
4 weeks ago
Zippy mall
Zippy atop a Sears.
comics  Zippy 
4 weeks ago
Zip ties and grout
Zip ties are fasteners. Grout, not so much.
tile  tools 
4 weeks ago
“The important thing is handwriting”
From Pedro Almodóvar’s What Have I Done to Deserve This?
film  handwriting 
4 weeks ago
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