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Who cans?
“Someday we’re going to ask a younger person where the canning supplies are and they’ll have no idea what we’re talking about.”
food  life  shopping 
5 days ago
From the BBC: Word of Mouth
An excellent podcast: Word of Mouth (BBC Radio 4).
language  podcasts  words 
5 days ago
Girl with an orange block
Talia is ten months old today.
fambly 
6 days ago
Recently updated
Abel Gance’s La roue is at YouTube.
film 
6 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
A solver who knows something about earthworms, Kentucky history, and defunct television networks may have an advantage, though crosses can make up for the missing knowledge.
crossword 
6 days ago
Speaking for yourself
As a person wary of reducing individual identities to group labels, I think that Kwame Anthony Appiah’s essay “Go Ahead, Speak for Yourself” is worth your time.
culture 
6 days ago
MSNBC, sheesh
“Stone is of tantamount interest to Mueller.”
sheesh  words 
6 days ago
“This hectic modern life”
From Abel Gance’s 1923 film La roue (The Wheel).
film 
6 days ago
Norsk Hermetikkmuseum
The Norwegian Canning Museum. With a café, a gift shop, a recreated cannery, and 40,000 sardine labels.
sardines 
6 days ago
“What time was all that?”
From W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants.
Sebald 
6 days ago
A friend of Nancy
Smithsonian digs the new Nancy.
comics  Nancy 
6 days ago
An agenda
A photograph from W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants.
paper  Sebald 
10 days ago
Small town, car, screen
One way to know you’re living in a small town.
life 
10 days ago
A perpetual calendar
It appears in Webster’s Second (1934). And it stayed in the Third (1961).
calendar  dictionary 
11 days ago
Hotdish
OMG: hotdish is so good.
food 
11 days ago
Like father, like daughter
Over the weekend, my daughter Rachel read a piece of journalism that she deemed poorly written.
fambly  writing 
11 days ago
Dad, i.m.
He’s an example, always, of how to be a father.
family 
11 days ago
Today in history
“August 5, 1974, was the day the Nixon Presidency ended....

“On August 5, 2018, precisely forty-four years after the collapse of the Nixon Presidency, another President, Donald Trump, made his own public admission.”
history  politics  truth 
11 days ago
A movie recommendation
Three Identical Strangers (dir. Tim Wardle, 2018). Don’t read a word about it. Just go see it.
film 
11 days ago
Orwell on totalitarian history
“From the totalitarian point of view history is something to be created rather than learned. A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened.”
GeorgeOrwell  history  truth 
11 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
25-Down, four letters: “Element of film noir lighting.” And 34-Down, “Film studied in physics labs.”
crossword 
14 days ago
“I can’t ‘take it’”
In The New York Times , Christopher Gibbs, a corn, soybean, and cattle farmer and Trump voter, offers his thoughts about tariffs.
politics 
14 days ago
Fred Rogers documentary coming to PBS
The Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (dir. Morgan Neville, 2018) is coming to PBS in 2019.
FredRogers 
14 days ago
Dunning-Kruger geography
“I have great respect for the U.K. United Kingdom. Great respect. People call it Britain. They call it Great Britain. They call it — they used to call it England, different parts.”
geography 
14 days ago
Salzberg’s Theory of Pizza
“It is better to have pizza you don’t want than to want pizza you don’t have.”
advice  life 
14 days ago
“Thanks to my evening reading”
Reading to stay sane. From W.G. Sebald’s Vertigo.
reading  Sebald 
14 days ago
The joy of grandparenthood
I have never felt this thing that stopped my brain, that put all plans on hold, that rendered me dumb”: Jim Sollisch writes about “the particular joy of being a grandparent.”
fambly 
14 days ago
Sardines in tins and boxes
A Guardian reader wants to know: ”Why are sardines sold in those horrible flat tins that spray you on opening?”

One might also wonder: Why are sardines no longer served from silverplate boxes that, presumably, don’t spray you on opening?
sardines 
14 days ago
Beginning King Lear
I was about to teach the first class after a long break. I’d given the students no assignment. So we were going to begin King Lear by reading the play aloud in class. Did the students know that was coming? I don’t think so.
dreams  Nabokov  Shakespeare  teach 
14 days ago
Nabokov, dreaming
There is no getting away from grading, not even in dreams, or especially not in dreams.
dreams  Nabokov 
18 days ago
“A place remote and islanded”
From Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.
fiction  WillaCather 
18 days ago
One last cleaning
Our dentist is retiring at the age of ninety.
life 
18 days ago
“It wears a person out”
Mrs. Fosdick offers an addition to the philosopher H.P. Grice’s principles of conversation. From Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Fir.
fiction  philosophy 
18 days ago
NECCO, no
The New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, maker of Sweethearts, Mary Janes, and NECCO Wafers, has closed its factory.
Boston 
18 days ago
Overheard
Late. The television was on for “warmth.”
overheard 
18 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“Common pub fare.” “Word from the Greek for ‘wanderer.’”
crossword 
18 days ago
Domestic comedy
”Lynn Manuelle Maranda.”
domesticcomedy 
18 days ago
ProPublica on shelters
Is it crimes against humanity yet?
culture  politics 
18 days ago
Thanks to the dictionaries
Dictionary work: a crucial factor in a federal court’s decision this week to allow an emoluments-clause lawsuit against Donald Trump to proceed.
dictionary  words 
18 days ago
“When one really knows a village”
The opening paragraph of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.
fiction 
18 days ago
“How did that happen?”
Hannah Gadsby, in Nanette (dir. Jon Olb and Madeleine Parry, 2018), recounting her mother’s explanation of what she regretted in raising her children.
family  film  life 
23 days ago
“The Latest!”
From Henry, the narrow-brimmed straw.
clothing  comics  Henry 
23 days ago
Déjà rocks
Zippy rocks. Zippy rocks.
comics  Nancy  Zippy 
23 days ago
Scenes from a marriage
Rage about television channels, separate bedrooms (each with a television): I’d hate to be a partner in such a marriage.
marriage 
24 days ago
Soy what?
The Washington Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration will forbid the use of the word milk in the names of plant-based products.
food  words 
24 days ago
Rosetta?
“This tape is a Rosetta stone”: does the metaphor really fit?
metaphor 
24 days ago
“Kokomo”
The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad “Kokomo” is thirty years old.
BeachBoys 
24 days ago
Ministries of Truth at work
The Atlantic reports that the White House transcript of the Putin–Trump press conference alters the meaning of a key exchange. The Russian government’s transcript omits the exchange altogether.
GeorgeOrwell  truth 
24 days ago
Recently updated
I tried a NYT sardine dish. I liked it, sort of.
food  sardines 
24 days ago
Sardines of the Times
“Seasoned with plenty of lemon zest, soft oregano leaves and some fried bread crumbs, broken up a bit and warmed all the way through as it’s tossed with cooked spaghetti, olive oil and maybe a ripe tomato, squashed between my fingers.”
food  sardines 
24 days ago
One tea bag, used
The artist Laure Prouvost is holding on to a fifteen-year-old tea bag.
art  tea 
24 days ago
Leonard Bernstein’s pencils
Five pencil stubs from the 1970s, two Eberhard Faber Blackwings, three Alpheus Music Writers.
Blackwing  pencils 
24 days ago
Misheard
“More products”? “War products?”
misheard 
26 days ago
“DEMENTED WORDS”
I look forward to the day when we are no longer a country that will stand for Donald Trump’s demented words of violence and death. Also his demented words of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and vilification of all who oppose him.
politics  words 
26 days ago
Ba-ba
Elaine and I spent most of last week visiting Rachel and Seth and Talia.
fambly 
26 days ago
Jonathan Gold (1960–2018)
Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles food writer, has died at the age of fifty-seven.
food  LosAngeles 
26 days ago
From the Saturday Stumper
“Order blank.” ”Applications for Kansas City, St. Louis, etc.”
crossword 
26 days ago
Hi and reLois
Zippy would like to relocate the Flagstons to the Sculptured House.
comics  Hi&Lois  Zippy 
26 days ago
More negatives
“I can’t believe Michael would do this to me”? “I can’t believe Michael wouldn’t do this to me"?
grammar  politics 
26 days ago
Not unaware
About that alleged double negative earlier this week: I’m not unaware of it.
grammar  politics 
26 days ago
Zen wind
What is the color of wind?
questions 
26 days ago
Domestic comedy
Caribbean? Peruvian? Yanny?
domesticcomedy 
26 days ago
“A Lassie Classic”
A New Yorker Cartoon of the Day, by Mary Lawton.
cartoons  Lassie  politics 
26 days ago
“Thumbs-Up”
A New Yorker cover: “Thumbs-Up,” by Barry Blitt.
art  NewYorker  politics  satire 
26 days ago
Norman, Norway, Linie, lake
When our friend Norman visited from Norway, he brought us a great gift — the gift of his friendship. And for the second time, he brought us a bottle of aquavit.
friendship 
26 days ago
Soil as a verb
A Henry panel. “Soil” is a verb you don’t hear much these days.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  words 
26 days ago
A clarification
A friend speaks: “I’m not happy to be retired. I’m damn happy to be retired.”
work 
26 days ago
Information overload
A postal worker carrying lots of mail, c. 1920.
mail  photography 
26 days ago
Meddling
A column in The Washington Post says, “Stop calling it ‘meddling.’” I’m there. Or was there and am there. I wrote about this word in February 2018.
politics  words 
26 days ago
A mystery of the deep
Do you know what you’re seeing here?
food  photography 
26 days ago
“Thus the world was lost”
“The fact that I was not prepared to resist, in 1935, meant that all the thousands, hundreds of thousands, like me in Germany were also unprepared, and each one of these hundreds of thousands was, like me, a man of great influence or of great potential influence. Thus the world was lost.”
culture  history 
26 days ago
Kubrick–Zweig
Found: a nearly complete screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Calder Willingham for an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret.
film  Zweig 
26 days ago
“Wake up”
Representative Adam Schiff (D, California-28), characterizing Donald Trump’s performance in Helsinki.
politics 
26 days ago
“Afloat”
“Love is what keeps us together and afloat”: Fred Rogers.
FredRogers  love 
26 days ago
Twelve movies
Three sentences each. No spoilers.
film 
26 days ago
Asset and handler
Jonathan Chait, writing in New York , presents a compelling argument that Trump–Russia has been going on for a very long time.
politics 
26 days ago
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