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Smells like childhood
Bus exhaust, bubble gum, Camel cigarettes, caps for toy guns, my elementary school’s basement, laundry air-dried in my grandparents’ basement.
childhood  memory 
6 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
A distant memory in today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper : 14-Across, nine letters: “Early Internet radio format.”
crossword 
6 days ago
“Demagogues and charlatans”
Rob Riemen: “Put demagogues and charlatans in charge, use the mass media to cultivate the belief that this leader, the antipolitical politician, is the only person who can save the country — and the constitutional, democratic institutions will disappear just as quickly as the authorities become impotent because no one believes in them anymore.”
culture  politics 
6 days ago
Strunk and White and Comey
Reinhold Niebuhr’s Moral Man and Immoral Society and The Nature and Destiny of Man had a huge impact on me, as did Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, which was one of 12 books in my college course “Significant Books in Western Religion.”
EBWhite  Strunk 
6 days ago
The uni-ball Roller
I don’t like what the uni-ball Roller does to my handwriting, but I like seeing it happen.
pens 
6 days ago
Word of the day: aegis
The modern meanings of aegis always throw me for a moment, because when I see the word I think of Athena, whose aegis scares the bejeezus out of people.
Greek  Homer  Odyssey  words 
6 days ago
Some SuihoEn rocks
SuihoEn, “garden of water and fragrance,” also known as the Japanese Garden, is a beautiful landscape created next to a water reclamation plant. It has “some rocks.”
Nancy 
6 days ago
Anti-Establishment
Striking back at the processed milkshake establishment.
dowdyworld  food  restaurants  words 
6 days ago
T-Ball Jotter sighting
In the film “Shattered Glass.”
film  pens 
10 days ago
“What are we here for?”
Sonny Rollins: “We got a short life, and what are we here for? To eat ice cream and have fun with girls? No.”
life  SonnyRollins 
10 days ago
“The ſhrill Trumpe”
As seen in the Bodleian First Folio.
film  politics  Shakespeare 
10 days ago
Judging books by their covers
New York Review Books Classics.
books  design 
10 days ago
At the office with Louis Malle
The opening scenes of Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows (1958) are office-centric.
film  pencils  pens  supplies 
10 days ago
Got warrants?
One warrant? More than one? Whichever. Seize! Seize!
politics  truth 
10 days ago
Chuck McCann (1934–2018)
Sandy Becker, Officer Joe Bolton, Sonny Fox, Miss Louise, Chuck McCann, Cap’n Jack McCarthy, and Soupy Sales. O local television!
childhood  television 
10 days ago
New Nancy
A panel from Olivia Jaimes’s first Nancy strip.
comics  Nancy 
10 days ago
A new Nancy
Nancy gets a new and female cartoonist.
comics  Nancy 
10 days ago
Not exactly a profile in courage
Our representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), commenting on the possibility of Chinese tariffs on soybeans and other crops: “I’m just a legislator.”
Illinois  politics 
10 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
A cleverer than clever clue from the Newsday Saturday Stumper , by Frank Longo, 53-Down, four letters: “Compliment that some complain about.”
crossword  Greek 
14 days ago
Beginning with “say”
“Say, did you ever see a bellhop that didn’t want to be a fighter?”
dowdyworld  film 
14 days ago
The real fake news in Illinois
The Chicago Tribune reports on Liberty Principles and Think Freely Media, purveyors of pseudo-newspapers.
Illinois  politics  truth 
14 days ago
Barnum and Dennison
At Innovation Hub , a conversation about P.T. Barnum, touching on resemblances to the current president.
culture  podcasts  politics  truth 
14 days ago
Cecil Taylor (1929–2018)
When I think of Taylor’s music, I think of words from David Bowie’s “Modern Love”: I try. I try. I recognize that a genius is at work and want to engage what’s happening. Sometimes I can.
jazz  music  piano 
14 days ago
Cloudflare’s DNS
Numbers to know: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1, the numbers for Cloudflare’s new DNS service.
Internet  technology 
14 days ago
A conversation from another world
From Father Knows Best. They don’t make colleges like this anymore.
college  dowdyworld  television 
14 days ago
How to read Nancy and Zippy
Today’s Zippy has a Bushmillerized Zippy and Griffy discussing Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s “How to Read ‘Nancy’: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels.”
comics  Nancy  Zippy 
14 days ago
Objects in windows
A passage from W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.
Sebald 
14 days ago
MR
Using a typewriter after years and years away. What most surprised me was that without even thinking or looking I was hitting the margin-release key to fit extra characters at the end of a line. Typing on a typewriter must be the new riding a bicycle.
typewriter 
14 days ago
Red Vines and vodka
“She likes tuna fish, she likes hot dogs, she likes Red Vines and vodka. So what am I going to make for Betty?”
food 
14 days ago
Feminist Baby
Complaints on Amazon — for instance, that the book doesn’t help the title character “grow to a strong, open-minded individual who recognizes all the paths available to her” — seem to forget that this book is about the very young, who do indeed throw up, and throw their toys.
books  childhood 
19 days ago
Naked Zippy
I like seeing Bill Griffith adapt the closing words of The Naked City (the film) and every episode of Naked City (the television series).
comics  film  NakedCity  television  Zippy 
19 days ago
Who is Saul Chandler?
The New York Times has a strange and compelling story today, “Redemption of a Lost Prodigy,” by Alex Vadukul, about Saul Chandler, a seventy-year-old boat builder who, as Saul Robert Lipshutz, was once a violin prodigy. Both Elaine and I are skeptical about this story.
NewYorkTimes 
19 days ago
Recently updated
Goodbye to all that The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point is rethinking its plan to destroy study in the humanities.
academia  humanities 
19 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
3-Down, seven letters, “Training vehicle.” 61-Across, ten letters, “Designer with feathers.”
crossword 
19 days ago
NYT, sheesh
From The New York Times : “Unlike her boss, attention from the news media was never something she sought.”
NewYorkTimes  sheesh 
19 days ago
A Father Knows Best pencil sharpener
James Anderson (Robert Young) installs a necessary household tool.
pencils  television 
19 days ago
Domestic comedy
“It’s like Sex and the City , but without the sex and without the city.”
domesticcomedy  television 
19 days ago
Marks on time
From W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.
Sebald  time 
19 days ago
From Beware of Pity
So much depends upon “the so-called ‘chancery double.’”
stationery  Zweig 
19 days ago
NPR, sheesh
“. . . before expelling the same amount of British diplomats. . . .”
NPR  sheesh 
19 days ago
C. & E.I. pencil
A pencil from the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad.
Museum-of-Supplies  pencils  trains 
19 days ago
YouTube apps for Mac
Two free apps for Mac: 4K YouTube to MP3 and 4K Video Downloader.
Mac  YouTube 
19 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
A nice clue from the Newsday Saturday Stumper : 18-Across, nine letters, “Taken a great deal.”
crossword 
27 days ago
Day jobs
Philip Glass as plumber.
work 
27 days ago
Mailboxes of Seattle
David Peterman’s photographs of Seattle’s 346 — no, make that 347 — mailboxes.
mail  photography 
27 days ago
Highway nostalgia
Remember the olden days, when the information superhighway allowed a kid working on a school project to interface with world-class scientists for advice?
technology 
27 days ago
“This was a breach”
Anyone else notice the lack of agency in Mark Zuckerberg’s sentences?
technology 
29 days ago
Goodbye to all that
The Washington Post reports on a plan to drop thirteen majors at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. The majors in question: American studies, art, English (without teacher-certification), French, geography, geoscience, German, history, music literature, philosophy, political science, sociology, and Spanish.
academia  humanities 
29 days ago
How to improve writing (no. 74)
“Certainly, no artist as hugely successful as he has been can have struck a chord without owning a piece of his time.” Yuck.
howtoimprove  NewYorker  writing 
4 weeks ago
Impromptu in D
“Oh, Jake,” Peggy said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”
parody  politics 
4 weeks ago
Recently updated
A Mozy e-mail turns out to be real.
e-mail  Mozy 
4 weeks ago
Mozy, sketchy
This stern, cryptic message makes quite a contrast to Mozy’s shiny, cheerful newsletter-like e-mails to users.
e-mail  Mozy 
4 weeks ago
Thoreau pencil
From an auction to benefit the Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm Trust: a “genuine Thoreau pencil.” Current bid: $270.
pencils  Thoreau 
4 weeks ago
Cambridge Analytica, continued
Today, the company’s work with a recent presidential campaign.
politics  technology 
4 weeks ago
“On the Road”
A fourth (and probably final) piece of Lassie fan-fiction, with Special Guest Stars Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock.
Lassie  Route66 
4 weeks ago
Steroids and stilts
“Trump is Nixon on steroids and stilts”: John Dean (who should know).
metaphor  politics 
4 weeks ago
Channel 4 News and Cambridge Analytica
From Channel 4 News , a five-part series about Cambridge Analytica.
politics  technology 
4 weeks ago
“Facebook’s Surveillance Machine”
Zeynep Tufekci: “A business model based on vast data surveillance and charging clients to opaquely target users based on this kind of extensive profiling will inevitably be misused.”
politics  technology 
4 weeks ago
Branching out
From Father Knows Best: “The successful engineer today also needs to know languages, economics, philosophy, the humanities.”
dowdyworld  humanities  television 
4 weeks ago
Trappist survival
The New York Times reports on Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery struggling to survive.
culture 
4 weeks ago
The New York Review of Nancy
At The New York Review of Books website, Dash Shaw reviews Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s How to Read “Nancy.” I like the idea of Ernie Bushmiller’s comic strip, written for a readership he called “the gum chewers,” becoming the stuff of TNYRB.
comics  Nancy 
4 weeks ago
From the Saturday Stumper
57-Down, three letters: “Religion and art, per Cather.”
crossword  WillaCather 
5 weeks ago
Euphemisms of the NYT
It’d be nice if the Times could get its stuff together and figure out how to handle naughty words.
NewYorkTimes  words 
5 weeks ago
A text for the day
From Marianne Moore’s poem “Spenser’s Ireland.”
Ireland  MarianneMoore  poetry 
5 weeks ago
Illinois in the NYT
The Times casts the Democratic primary as a contest between just two viable candidates, Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker, a millionaire and a billionaire.
Illinois  NewYorkTimes  politics 
5 weeks ago
An inverted B
Resistance takes many forms.
history  typography 
5 weeks ago
Down and up
“I’m down to the bottom of my sound, but I’m up to the clearest understanding of my life”: the singer Sylvia Syms, at the age of seventy-four, a month before her death.
jazz  music  singers 
5 weeks ago
Crispix Corridor
Today’s Zippy is a treat for anyone who loves the metropolitan dowdy world.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
5 weeks ago
Permission
“I can’t believe anyone is taking this seriously.”
life 
5 weeks ago
An utterance from another world
From Father Knows Best: “Your dinner jacket just arrived from the cleaners.”
dowdyworld  television 
5 weeks ago
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