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Finals approaching
Advice for Nancy and other test-takers.
college  comics  exams  Nancy 
3 days ago
New AHD entries
Burner, saltimbocca, GOAT: among the additions this year to the American Heritage Dictionary.
dictionary  words 
3 days ago
How to start a sentence
In the ABA Journal , Bryan Garner offers some advice about how to start a sentence.
BryanGarner  sentences 
3 days ago
Imaginary local news
“Well, they don’t call it FALL for nothing.”
humor  news 
3 days ago
Bully for Woolly
I thought I was reading a spoof, but no, Woolly, a magazine, is real.
culture  parody 
3 days ago
Opinions
From Alice Munro’s “Family Furnishings.”
fiction 
3 days ago
Pronouns and institutions
A deep experience of the Kafkaesque.
culture  grammar  usage 
3 days ago
John Gruber on Messenger Kids
“This is like Philip Morris introducing officially licensed candy cigarettes. You’re nuts if you sign your kids up for this.”
childhood  technology 
3 days ago
All the books are green, almost
The Washington Post reports on “the odd assortment of books that make up the White House Christmas book tree.”
books  politics 
3 days ago
Mystery actor
Do you recognize him?
film 
3 days ago
Robin Wright on words and sentences
A journalist and foreign correspondent comments on what makes for good writing.
writing 
3 days ago
Stefan Zweig in Turkey
Stefan Zweig is reported to be the most-read writer in Turkey.
Zweig 
3 days ago
Charles Simic on the pencil
“I knew a poet who could only write his poems with a stub of a pencil.”
pencils  poetry 
3 days ago
Word of the day: wrangler
At many a performance of The Nutcracker, the volunteering parents who manage the young dancers backstage.
words 
3 days ago
For Safari users only
Disabling DNS prefetch — who knew? — makes an enormous difference.
Mac 
3 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
40-Across, eight letters: “Unwritten constitution.”
crossword 
3 days ago
Pottery Barn Kids [sic]
You can guess what we think about this stuff.
childhood  culture 
3 days ago
Who’s tweeting?
WNYC reports on Dan Scavino, Donald Trump’s social-media guy.
politics 
3 days ago
Mystery actor
Do you recognize him?
film 
3 days ago
“More than his usual state of instability”
From a letter to The New York Times by Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine:

“We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability — in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.”
politics 
3 days ago
Madness, or method?
In The Washington Post, Ruth Ben-Ghiat responds to yesterday’s Daily News editorial:

“Far from being lunatics, leaders such as Trump are opportunists and skilled manipulators who may change their ideas on specific policy issues without ever deviating from their main goal: the accumulation and steady expansion of their own power.”
politics 
3 days ago
Word of the day: sledgehammer
Walking through the hardware store, I wondered: why sledgehammer? Does it have something to do with sledding? A mighty hammer used to free a sled stuck in ice? No.
words 
3 days ago
“Only appearance”
A complete story: Kafka’s “The Trees.”
Kafka 
3 days ago
“Mad”
A Daily News editorial is saying it plainly: “The President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad.”
politics 
3 days ago
“Bon Appétit!”
Here’s a third piece of Lassie fan-fiction, with Julia Child.
Lassie  television 
3 days ago
Washington Phillips, Grammy nominee
For Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.
music 
3 days ago
The NSA’s Grammar Geek
Advice columns on grammar and usage from the National Security Agency’s Grammar Geek(s).
grammar  usage 
3 days ago
How to improve writing (no. 73)
Today we have rearranging of parts. From a New York Times opinion piece , a sentence that needs improvement.
howtoimprove  writing 
3 days ago
Dog science
From Kafka’s “Investigations of a Dog.”
Kafka 
3 days ago
Chock full o’Coffee
The hard work of assuring shoppers that Chock full o’Nuts coffee is just coffee — no nuts.
coffee 
3 days ago
An interview with Annie Atkins
Maker of graphic props for film, lead graphic designer for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
art  design  film 
3 days ago
The Voyager Golden Records
The sounds of the Voyager Golden Records (there were two): coming soon, on LPs and CDs.
music 
3 days ago
Enter Sluggo
Sluggo enters a Little Max story in a Zippy strip.
Nancy  Zippy 
3 days ago
Yielding in Massachusetts
In The New York Times Magazine, John Hodgman answers a question about driving in Massachusetts: what should a driver do when someone is standing on the sidewalk at a Yield to Pedestrians crosswalk, not yet crossing?
walking 
3 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
26-Across, four letters: “Hail in Oz.”
crossword 
3 days ago
Rations detail
Kyle Surges’s paintings knock me out.
art  painting 
3 days ago
We three kings
Donald Trump reminds me of three kings, or one king and two tyrants, really: Agamemnon, Oedipus, Creon.
Homer  politics  Sophocles 
3 days ago
Sardine art
The Canadian artist Maud Lewis used sardine cans to hold her paints.
art  sardines 
3 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving, Talia
Yes, I am a grandparent showing you pictures of my grandchild.
fambly  life 
3 days ago
Thanksgiving 1917
“Thanksgiving Food Never So Expensive: Turkeys Get Up to 50 Cents a Pound and Cranberries Bring 25 Cents a Quart.”
Thanksgiving 
3 days ago
Jon Hendricks (1921–2017)
“Dig Count Basie blow Joe’s blues away.”
jazz  music  singers 
3 days ago
Peppermint Hallmark
Peppermint Patty watching what I choose to believe is the Hallmark Channel.
comics  Peanuts 
19 days ago
“Useful, poetic,” &c.
Rachel Peden: “A garden makes me feel useful, poetic, comforted, overworked, justified for living, luxurious.”
life  nature 
19 days ago
The obvious
Figuring out that Hillary Clinton was not a great candidate.
politics 
19 days ago
Timmy Martin, writer
“Where’s the pen and ink and good paper?”
Lassie  pens  writing 
19 days ago
Nanski
A Nancy parody, found in a sampler of MAD imitators.
comics  Nancy  parody 
19 days ago
A pocket notebook sighting
From A Stranger in Town (dir. Roy Rowland, 1943).
film  notebooks 
19 days ago
Twelve more movies
Mostly from this year and last.
film 
19 days ago
“The long and short of it”
Alonzo Mourning and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
television 
19 days ago
Grammar and patriarchy
Carmel McCoubrey writes about nouns and gender and French.
grammar  language 
19 days ago
Orange Julep art
Route 9, Plattsburgh, New York.
diners  photography 
19 days ago
Sleigh Bells Ring
“This has exceeded even my lofty expectations!”
television 
19 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“With 29 Down, sight below some Lincoln Memorials.”
crossword 
19 days ago
Domestic comedy
“We’ve never been to the new McDonald’s — which is now old McDonald’s.”
domesticcomedy 
19 days ago
Things to do in the Valley
The San Fernando Valley, that is. Two bookstores, five restaurants.
bookstores  LosAngeles  restaurants 
19 days ago
Synchronicity
You can guess what Beatles song started.
Beatles  synchronicity 
19 days ago
Mark Trail, recycled
Same face, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
comics  MarkTrail 
19 days ago
UPC misspelling
“Be good to yourself this morning with a satisfing bowl of Simply Nature Organic Oats and Honey Granola.”
food  misspelling  spelling 
19 days ago
Mister Memory
Please imagine Jeff Sessions in the role.
AlfredHitchcock  film  memory  politics 
19 days ago
How to improve writing (no. 72)
“The portfolio that works even when you aren’t.“
howtoimprove  writing 
19 days ago
Domestic comedy
“Now he’s using his inside voice.”
domesticcomedy 
19 days ago
Doublet and hose and usage
More on the “Jane Austen” fallacy.
grammar  usage 
19 days ago
Perfectionism and its discontents
From the podcast Innovation Hub : Eugenia Cheng, mathematician, talks about perfectionism and diminishing returns.
advice  life  writing 
19 days ago
“On speaking terms with yourself”
Rachel Peden: “If you’re not on speaking terms with yourself, you need to do something about it.”
life  nature 
19 days ago
iOS text editors
Brett Terpstra’s iOS text-editor roundup is an exhaustive guide to writing apps for the iPhone and iPad. One iOS writing app that I espec...
iOS  writing 
19 days ago
Fluke life
“I owe my thirty years of teaching to much more than my own smarts: to the fortunes, good or bad, of other jobseekers at the MLA and in on-campus interviews, to the faculty and administrators who decided to grant someone tenure, to a theory-minded person who took note of my Critical Inquiry acceptance, to the vagaries of business hours and seating arrangements in D.C. restaurants. And to curiosity about Nepali cuisine.”
life 
19 days ago
Shoulders
I had already gone through the airport metal detector when a TSA agent asked to pat down my shoulders.
life 
29 days ago
Tea and truth
The words on my Celestial Seasoning tea-bag tag this afternoon are from Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.”
culture  tea  truth 
29 days ago
On Veterans Day
The Goofein Journal is a faux newspaper, hand-lettered on cardstock, written and illustrated for an audience of one.
VeteransDay 
29 days ago
Talia and me
See you again soon!
fambly 
29 days ago
An ex-ape speaks
From “A Report to an Academy.”
Kafka 
29 days ago
Inspiration for writing
Rachel Peden: “There were so many things that didn’t suit us that we had abundant practice in writing.”
RachelPeden  writing 
29 days ago
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