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Gregor Z.
Reading Kafka before bedtime.
comics  Kafka  Zippy 
8 hours ago
Comic books and Post headlines
Trump’s masculinist dream is partly the stuff of a comic book (everyday fellow with secret powers, including perfect aim), partly the stuff of a New York Post headline (Retired General Takes Down Sicko).
culture  politics 
8 hours ago
Bela sardines
Probably the best sardines I’ve ever had.
design  sardines 
8 hours ago
Calling BS
I expect to hear Emma González’s words with increasing frequency in the fight for gun control.
culture  politics 
8 hours ago
Listening
President Donald Trump holds notes telling him to show empathy. “5. I hear you.”
culture  politics 
8 hours ago
Zippy and Kafka
Withdrawal from the sufferings of the world.
comics  Kafka  Zippy 
3 days ago
“Swept strangely clean”
Economy: like an Imagist poem in prose.
fiction  Maupassant 
3 days ago
Needed: a word other than “meddle”
“Russian meddling” is too trivial a description of what’s gone on.
culture  words 
3 days ago
Netflix as TLC
Earlier this month I had the thought that Netflix resembles a crummy video store. Now it seems to be turning into TLC.
film  television 
3 days ago
Boolean days
how many families have reinvented Boolean operators when playing the children’s game Guess Who?
childhood  fambly 
3 days ago
Naomi, teacher
A short film from the BBC, “What Babies Can Teach Us.”
childhood  teaching 
3 days ago
Emma Gonzalez for Congress
She addressed a rally for gun control and called B.S.
culture  death  life  politics 
3 days ago
A Fred Rogers stamp
Coming in March, from the USPS, a Fred Rogers stamp.
FredRogers  stamps 
3 days ago
Recently updated
Another biblical tweet is causing him some difficulty.
Illinois  politics  Twitter 
3 days ago
Shame on John Shimkus
My representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), likes to post Bible passages on Twitter. Today he posted one about hanging bodies from trees.
Illinois  politics  race  Twitter 
3 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
14-Down, nine letters, “Company function.”
crossword 
3 days ago
It’s Mueller Time
Robert S. Mueller III, that is.
politics  truth 
3 days ago
“Redemption Song”
Another great episode of Soul Music (BBC Radio 4): about Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”
music 
3 days ago
“Prayers and condolences,” again
A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, responding to a presidential tweet offering “prayers and condolences.”
culture  death  life 
3 days ago
“The only variable”
From The New York Times: “The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.”
culture  death  life 
3 days ago
Editing his balloons
One more bit about Ernie Bushmiller’s care with words.
comics  Nancy 
3 days ago
Valentine’s Day
A heart amulet from an Egyptian tomb.
art 
3 days ago
The Foot Clinic sign
Los Angeles’s Foot Clinic sign (happy foot/sad foot) comes to life in a music video by YACHT.
LosAngeles  music  DavidFosterWallace 
3 days ago
Resentment
Alas, this essay is behind the paywall: “How Academe Breeds Resentment” (The Chronicle of Higher Education). Change a few words, and what Douglas Dowland says could apply to any workplace.
academia  work 
3 days ago
Bastard file
I just used such a file to make a door accommodate a new knob. But why is it called a bastard file?
etymology  tools  words 
3 days ago
One, two, three, four
Talia is four months old today.
fambly 
3 days ago
;;;;;;;;
Making up for a missing comma with eight semicolons.
commas  punctuation  semicolon 
3 days ago
Paper jams
In the latest The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman learns “Why Paper Jams Persist.”
paper  technology 
3 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“It won’t click beyond a circle” and “Tall twin, say.”
crossword 
3 days ago
Australia is a country
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, not The Onion: “Southern New Hampshire University has apologized to a student who failed an assignment because her professor insisted Australia was a continent, not a country.”
college  geography 
3 days ago
Academic futures
What Sharon O’Dair found at the Modern Language Association’s 2018 convention: a profession that produces too many Ph.D.s, and then encourages those degree recipients to seek a future outside academia.
academia  MLA 
3 days ago
Monsters
One could argue that “intelligent, kind, chivalrous, caring, professional” just makes for a monster who is less likely to be recognized as such.
culture 
3 days ago
That and which
From Bruce Ross-Larson’s Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words, useful advice for solving the problem of a relative clause that doesn’t follow the noun it modifies.
writing  usage 
3 days ago
An art catalogue
From Maupassant’s Like Death.
art  fiction  Maupassant 
3 days ago
Alex Katz’s piano
We have the same model Beckwith piano at home.
art  piano 
3 days ago
Misspelling history
It’s Black History Month, yes, and the office of the White House press secretary has misspelled Frederick Douglass’s last name.
culture  history  misspelling  spelling 
3 days ago
Reality TV and the White House
“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this is the fourth time we let her go.”

“We”?

The blurred line between reality TV and the White House could not be clearer.
culture  politics  television 
3 days ago
Renoir sardines
Sardines for lunch in La Bête humaine.
film  sardines 
3 days ago
Separated at birth
Jean Renoir and Steve Wozniak.
separatedatbirth 
3 days ago
Colorizing old strips
One problem with colorizing old strips: art may lose the power of suggestion.
comics  Peanuts 
3 days ago
Treason?
I didn’t clap during the State of the Union address. Then again, I didn’t watch. On purpose.
politics  television 
17 days ago
Grammar in the writing center
To dismiss or defer a student’s questions about grammar is to do that student a disservice.
college  grammar  teaching  writing 
17 days ago
John Mahoney (1940–2018)
Best known for playing Martin Crane in the television series Frasier.
television 
17 days ago
For complete works
An anthology is, almost always, a textbook. And it is much easier to fall in love with a (whole) work of literature or philosophy than to fall in love with a textbook.
books  education  reading 
17 days ago
Long and short
How to arrange pairs and series. A writing tip from Bruce Ross-Larson’s Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words.
sentences  writing 
17 days ago
A Netflix thought
Television shows, more television shows, no-name documentaries, years-old movies announced as “new”: Netflix (streaming) resembles a crummy video store.
film 
17 days ago
Hopperesque
Nancy, looking like someone in an Edward Hopper painting.
art  comics  Nancy 
17 days ago
B.P.
Guy de Maupassant, Before Proust.
Maupassant  Proust 
17 days ago
Lindy West on leaving Twitter
The writer Lindy West on why she left Twitter : “Being on Twitter felt like being in a nonconsensual BDSM relationship with the apocalypse.”
technology 
17 days ago
The Democracy Index
The Economist ’s 2017 Democracy Index has determined that less than 5% of the world’s population currently lives in a “full democracy.”
culture 
17 days ago
Twelve movies
“Three Billboards” and others.
film 
17 days ago
Nancy, spokestoon
Nancy, for Nabisco Shredded Wheat.
advertising  comics  Nancy 
24 days ago
Recently updated
An origin story for “some rocks.”
comics  Nancy 
24 days ago
Things to do on Tuesday
I have to wash my hair, or something. I will be very busy.
culture  politics 
24 days ago
“Wormwise”?!
From “Peanuts”: the often inelegant, sometimes playful suffix.
comics  Peanuts  usage 
24 days ago
A page-ninety test
A paragraph from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Slack writing, even at 30% off.
writing 
24 days ago
Ready for the Snow
An oil painting by George Lucas: bread, milk, toilet paper.
art  snow 
24 days ago
Price points
Un café. Un café, por favor. Buenos días, un café por favor.
civility  coffee  culture 
24 days ago
Mort Walker (1923–2018)
Mort Walker, comic-strip artist and writer, creator of “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois,” has died at the age of ninety-four.
comics  Hi&Lois 
24 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
A clever clue, from today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper, 14-Down, six letters: “Addressed a growing concern.”
crossword 
24 days ago
Literally eighty-sixed
A New York bar bans customers who say “literally.”
usage 
24 days ago
Dream drawing
Saul Steinberg’s ideal tables.
art 
24 days ago
Out of the past
“Must try to walk up & down stairs more carefully to avoid accidents to self and others.”
childhood 
24 days ago
Overheard
Dancing on the stairs.
overheard 
24 days ago
Critteresque
A little Apple icon becomes a critter.
art  Mac 
24 days ago
“Till spring?”
“How much longer is it till spring?”
Kafka  weather 
24 days ago
National Handwriting Day
With a little over four hours left to play, I remembered.
handwriting 
24 days ago
Another discovery
SwiftText, $1.99 at the Mac App Store.
Mac 
24 days ago
A discovery
Being able to change the font makes the Mac app Tyke more appealing.
Mac 
24 days ago
Henry’s z s
The z of sleeping and snoring appears to have originated in the comics.
comics  Henry 
24 days ago
Mystery actor
Do you recognize him?
film 
24 days ago
Domestic comedy
“In the bleak Midwestern. . . .”
domesticcomedy 
24 days ago
Oliver Kamm on The Elements of Style
Oliver Kamm, writing in The Sunday Times, exhorts his reader to “ditch the style guides and stop worrying about passives.” And he points to a usual suspect.
grammar  Strunk  usage  White 
24 days ago
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