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Faux daughter
A 1951 ad looking like my daughter.
fambly 
yesterday
-da
I kept tinkering and found a fix for my Blogger-and-MarsEdit paragraph-break trouble.
Blogger 
yesterday
Ta
I almost found a fix for my Blogger-and-MarsEdit paragraph-break trouble: there is no -da, only a ta.
Blogger  blogging 
yesterday
Domestic comedy
“It must be a thing.”
domesticcomedy 
yesterday
MarsEdit
I prefer writing in MarsEdit to writing in Blogger.
Blogger  blogging 
yesterday
Kubrick at auction
The Stanley Kubrick–Calder Willingham screenplay adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret is going to auction.
Zweig 
yesterday
Gods help us
Trouble in the classics.
antiquity  classics 
yesterday
Patriotism vs. nationalism
Emmanuel Macron, president of France, speaking in Paris at the Armistice Day centenary: Le patriotisme est l’exact contraire du nationalism.
culture 
4 days ago
A grandfather in the Great War
This photograph (of a photograph) is the only material evidence I have of his service.
VeteransDay 
4 days ago
Veterans Day
From The New York Times, November 12, 1918.
VeteransDay 
4 days ago
“Welcome to Congress”
A New Yorker cover by Barry Blitt.
art  NewYorker  politics 
4 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
How do you solve a puzzle by Frank Longo? How do you find the words that really fit? How you solve a puzzle by Frank Longo? You have to stick with it and give it your best — don’t quit!
crossword 
4 days ago
Matt who?
Deny everything. I never even heard of him!
politics  truth 
4 days ago
Signage in the dark
At our end of the block, we had signs made with bright reflective tubing (courtesy of the organizers) that read, à la Burma Shave, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
culture  politics  truth 
4 days ago
Mueller Protection Rapid Response
Protests today, in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere.
culture  politics  truth 
4 days ago
Another
How many more victims must there be before there can be an honest examination of gun violence in American culture? That’s not a rhetorical question.
culture 
4 days ago
Automat, archived
From the NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
4 days ago
1940s NYC online
Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York reports that 1940s tax photographs are now part of the NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery.
NewYorkCity 
4 days ago
In local news
Election results, more and less local.
politics 
4 days ago
Mystery actor
I’ve seen him on television at least a hundred times. But on film — that was a surprise.
film  television 
4 days ago
Old-timers
Carl Reiner and Roger Angell on the need to vote.
politics 
4 days ago
Twelve movies
As “Slip” Mahoney might say, “Routine Twelve!”
film 
4 days ago
For Massachusetts voters only
My son Ben made a handy guide to voting rights in Massachusetts.
politics 
4 days ago
Barbed wire
An American president: “Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight.”
culture 
4 days ago
So early-twenty-first century
“Well, this is the twenty-first century . . . I think I’ll be blogging!”
blogging  television 
4 days ago
iOS Safari search suggestions
Try as I might, I cannot figure out how to remove search suggestions from Safari on an iPhone XR. Does anyone know how to make these Safari suggestions go away?
ios  Safari 
4 days ago
[Insert obligatory joke about turning back time here]
Marvin Schneider, clock master to New York City.
time 
4 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Blood-chilling locales.” “Workplaces with score keepers.” “Line between pants.” “American family structure.” “__ Four (Monkees nickname).”
crossword 
4 days ago
Proust on sentences
About difficult sentences, from The Guermantes Way.
Proust  sentences 
4 days ago
Hedges
Kinda, sorta, and more, in the comic strip Zits.
comics  language  words 
4 days ago
The End of the Evening
A board game by the poet Kenneth Koch.
KennethKoch  poetry 
4 days ago
The End of the Evening
A board game by the poet Kenneth Koch.
KennethKoch  poetry 
4 days ago
積ん読, Berlin
2004, 2009, 2018: it’s time to read Jason Lutes’s Berlin.
art  books  comics  fiction 
15 days ago
FilmStruck recommendations
New York Times editors and reporters have suggested twelve movies to watch before FilmStruck disppears.
film 
15 days ago
Santayana Zerbina
[ Zippy , October 31, 2018.] In today’s Zippy , Zippy and Zerbina have (again) been transformed into 1950s romance-comics characters. With a Santayana reference.
comics  history  Zippy 
15 days ago
A 1950s pumpkin
I went looking for a pumpkin last night and found this photograph. The description “Alger Hiss at Princeton” baffled me. And then I remembered a little history.
Halloween  photography 
15 days ago
Complete sentences
An odd sentence from The Washington Post.
newspapers  sentences 
16 days ago
“Trump’s caravan hysteria”
Adam Serwer: “The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election.”
culture  politics  truth 
16 days ago
“Sully” Sullenberger casts a vote
“For the first 85 percent of my adult life, I was a registered Republican. But I have always voted as an American. And this critical Election Day, I will do so by voting for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values and not pandering to our basest impulses.”
culture  politics 
16 days ago
Rusty, recycled
Mark Trail, cut and paste.
comics  MarkTrail 
16 days ago
Henry’s end
Just whistle off, Henry, to fresh streets, and candy stores new.
comics  Henry  Zippy 
16 days ago
A clean, well-lighted place
Kafka on doing das Äusserste , the utmost, or the Utmost.
Kafka 
16 days ago
“A clearer perspective of the world”
From Franz Kafka’s Letter to the Father.
Kafka 
16 days ago
Help Wanted
Our country needs help. Vote.
culture  politics 
16 days ago
Learning to read
Emily Hanford, education correspondent for American Public Media, asks why we are still teaching reading the wrong way: “To become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to print on the page. They need explicit, systematic phonics instruction.”
education  reading 
16 days ago
No screens for these kids
The New York Times reports on tech types who keep their children away from screens.
childhood  technology 
16 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“California Perfume Company, today.” “Hammer home.” “What one might hang in the street.”
crossword 
16 days ago
Gray Wilkerson Ra
Larry Gray, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Avreeayl Ra. If music is the healing force of the universe, these musicians provided some serious universal healthcare last night.
jazz  music 
16 days ago
FilmStruck
FilmStruck’s demise is a great loss for people who love film, or even just movies.
film 
16 days ago
Secret, secretary
Ammon Shea: “When I learned that secretary meant “one privy to a secret” during the fourteenth century I was utterly delighted.”
dictionary  etymology  OED  words 
16 days ago
A home entertainment system
Ammon Shea: “The fact that my shelves are filled with things I haven’t yet read and want to, and things that I’ve read before and want to revisit, means I will never be at a loss for entertainment at home.”
books  reading 
16 days ago
Literary dust
Can you think of a work of literature in English in which dust plays a significant part?
literature  Sebald 
16 days ago
Sebald: “dust everywhere”
W.G. Sebald recounts a visit to the house of a London publisher, and the comfort of being in “a house where the dust has been allowed to settle.”
Sebald 
22 days ago
Sebald: “out in the sticks”
W.G. Sebald, on living “in hiding.”
Sebald 
22 days ago
Unity Day
An anti-bullying initiative.
comics  culture  Zippy 
22 days ago
Recently updated
Earl Greyer tea and a good ending.
tea 
23 days ago
John Gruber reviews the iPhone XR
“The iPhone XR is everything Apple says it is, and it’s the new iPhone most people should buy.”
Apple  iPhone 
23 days ago
Hot-dog stands and poetry
A Proustian passage from Nabokov.
Nabokov  Proust 
23 days ago
MSNBC, sheesh
MBS: The last thing our public discourse needs is another trivializing nickname.
sheesh 
23 days ago
“Scroll. Like. Move on.”
Elaine Fine writes about the illusion of social media. Her perspective: that of a veteran of the classical-music blogosphere.
blogging  technology 
23 days ago
Rolling back existence
Re: the Trump administration and transgender people: This initiative seeks to roll back existence, erasing identities and insisting that persons are who the government says they are. I think of Syme in Nineteen Eighty-Four: “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?”
culture 
23 days ago
Sinatra’s “Lush Life”
Frank Sinatra tried Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” for the 1958 album Only the Lonely — and gave up. The outtakes are now available.
BillyStrayhorn  FrankSinatra  jazz  music  singers 
23 days ago
“Some apples”
When we traipsed through the orchard, I was on the lookout for “some apples.”
comics  Nancy 
23 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Bad-weather wear.” “They take long naps.” “Story arcs.”
crossword 
26 days ago
Anthea Bell (1936–2018)
I know Stefan Zweig’s fiction in large part through Bell’s translations. W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz too.
translation 
27 days ago
Hand wash cold
From Smithsonian: “If Americans turned down the heat when washing their hands they could save 6 million metric tons of CO2 every year.”
culture  energy 
27 days ago
Early voting
A dream last night: CNN announced that Beto O’Rourke had won election to the United States Senate. Precognitive, I hope.
dreams 
27 days ago
“The deepest motive for writing”
Richard Lanham: “Motive has always been the question of questions for Freshman Composition. Perhaps more success might flow from assuming, paradoxically, that the deepest motive for writing is not communication at all but the pleasures of writing for its own sake.”
teaching  writing 
27 days ago
Writing and speech
Richard Lanham: “Writing’s advantage, as a presentation of self, is not that it allows us to adopt the mannerisms of speech but that it allows us to adopt the tempo of speech without its hesitant waste.”
teaching  writing 
27 days ago
“Slow Reading”
Richard Lanham: “Every course in composition ought to be a course in Slow Reading.”
reading  teaching  writing 
27 days ago
Language, evolving
Nancy, Sluggo, and our evolving language.
comics  language  Nancy 
27 days ago
Practicing
At a debate, a political candidate uses appallingly dated language.
words 
27 days ago
Words of the day: apricity, apricot
Does “apricot” have anything to do with “apricity”? No and yes.
OED  words 
27 days ago
Cover stories
I’m reminded of what Captain Reynaud says about the courier Ugarte in Casablanca: “We haven’t quite decided whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.”
truth 
27 days ago
Heroic handwriting
Chiune Sugihara saved lives with his handwriting.
handwriting 
27 days ago
Decorate, diagram
Does anyone still diagram sentences Reed-Kellogg style?
comics  grammar  Peanuts  sentences 
4 weeks ago
NPR, sheesh
Donald Trump wasn’t “making an argument” about climate change in his 60 Minutes interview. He was making an unfounded assertion.
NPR  sheesh  truth 
4 weeks ago
Hallmark “trees”
The sappy, saccharine Hallmark movie Falling for Vermont has everything: a Famous Author, a cozy bookstore, a gazebo, a “town meeting,” and fake trees.
movies  television 
4 weeks ago
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