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Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Much-lauded four-Emmy football film of ’71.” “Advocate-in-chief.” “Common daycare container.” “Setting ending in The Artist.” “‘A poem begins in delight and ends in __’: Frost.”
crossword 
2 days ago
Felonious Trump
I’m no lawyer, but it seems clear that Individual-1 directed Michael Cohen to commit felonies.
politics  truth 
2 days ago
No mail
“You don’t work here anymore,” a colleague told me.
dreams  teaching 
2 days ago
Poetry on NPR
“Perhaps the butterflies are mute because / no one would believe their terrible stories.”
NPR  poetry 
2 days ago
Unabated
The hypocrisy never ends: in Bedminster, New Jersey, an undocumented immigrant cleans house at Trump National Golf Club.
politics  truth 
2 days ago
“The Immigrants”
Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks’s recording of David Rudder’s “The Immigrants” has made Jon Pareles’s list of the best songs of 2018.
music  VanDykeParks 
2 days ago
Not just a white Christmas
The times are changing: Hallmark premieres four movies this holiday season with African-American male and female leads, the first such movies in Hallmark history.
television 
2 days ago
Italic frenemy
I am cheered to know that at least one cartoon character is alert enough to notice and comment snarkily on typography.
comics  Nancy  typography 
2 days ago
Clara
From Arthur Schnitzler’s “Baron von Leisenberg’s Destiny.”
fiction 
2 days ago
Whither the Usage Panel?
David Skinner traces the evolution of the American Heritage Dictionary and the fate of its Usage Panel.
dictionary 
2 days ago
Lines
Just a few of the redacted lines in the addendum to Robert Mueller’s sentencing recommendation re: Michael Flynn.
politics  truth 
2 days ago
New directions
A Hallmark movie has quoted “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
poetry  television 
2 days ago
g-20.in
Rudolph Giuliani tweeted and forgot to proofread. So now there’s a website: g-20.in.
typos 
2 days ago
Mornings after
Arthur Schnitzler and Thomas Merton.
fiction  ThomasMerton 
2 days ago
Domestic comedy
“I didn’t understand that at all.”

“There was something about Cuba in it.”
domesticcomedy 
7 days ago
“Author”
Donald Trump, whose name is on ghostwritten books, defends his ability as a writer.
writing 
7 days ago
Just walk away
“Trump walks off leaving Mauricio Macri standing alone at G20.”
LarryDavid 
7 days ago
“Lane Greene on Editing”
An especially good episode of the BBC podcast Word of Mouth : “Lane Greene on Editing.”
podcasts  revision  writing 
7 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Toon first called Stinky.” “Drop off.” “Slotted for service.” “Cell trio.” “They make money from misspelled URLs.”
crossword 
7 days ago
There and here
In The Washington Post , Mary Tedrow, an American teacher, writes about what she saw in Finland.
education 
7 days ago
Bush to Clinton
The note that George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton seems like an artifact from a lost America.
politics  letters 
7 days ago
Hope vs. fear
Michelle Obama: “I think it is so easy, and lazy, to lead by fear. It is much harder to lead by hope.”
politics 
7 days ago
Little Everywhere and Stitcher, sheesh
In episode seven of the podcast The Dream: “a assistant attorney general.”
sheesh 
7 days ago
Recently updated
Another word of the year.
dictionary  words 
7 days ago
Brix JarKey
Nancy could use one.
comics  Nancy  tools 
10 days ago
Arrowlock Tag #108
it’s a clever design: “Hook to item — fold arrow head.”
design 
10 days ago
EXchange name sighting: MUrray Hill
You never know what you might find in a supply closet.
telephone 
10 days ago
“Who cares?”
A story from Ron Padgett’s Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan.
TedBerrigan  RonPadgett 
10 days ago
History and Lois
It’s safe to assume that Ditto won’t be majoring in history. But he may become a spokestoon for the Mindset List, no longer the property of Beloit College.
comics  Hi&Lois  history 
10 days ago
“More cornbread for me”
Cartoonist Olivia Jaimes on Nancy.
comics  Nancy 
10 days ago
Search OCA with DuckDuckGo
It’s easy to make a DuckDuckGo search box for a website.
Internet 
10 days ago
Meta-Mason
I love when old television shows have the characters talk about television.
PerryMason  television 
10 days ago
Gut
Robert Reich: “I don’t want the future of the planet to depend on Donald Trump’s gut.”
Earth  future 
10 days ago
Giving Tuesday
Did you know that today is Giving Tuesday ?
culture 
10 days ago
Mark Trail’s side-eye
Does Mark believe in (so-called) distance learning for place-bound students?
comics  MarkTrail 
10 days ago
Ancestry and me
Taking that test could reveal that I am not part beagle.
fambly 
10 days ago
Scones
So easy, especially when the legit baker in the house takes the lead.
food 
10 days ago
“Maestro!”
Arthur Schnitzler’s Late Fame is a beautifully understated satire about the pretensions of literary movements and the attractions and perils of literary celebrity — even celebrity of the most modest kind.
fiction 
14 days ago
From a dream
“Of course I can honk and listen to you at the same time. I’m a capable multitasker.”
dreams 
14 days ago
Word of the day: preceptor
As a preceptor, I was precepting all the time. But I never thought of my work in that way, and I don’t think that I ever thought about my title.
words 
14 days ago
Little Everywhere and Stitcher, sheesh
From episode four of the podcast The Dream: “Robert and him struck up a friendship.” And twelve seconds later: “Him and Robert also had the idea.”
podcasts  sheesh 
14 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“Beat back.” “Inferior cut, to many.” “Boxing venue.” “Fahrenheit or Celsius.”
crossword 
14 days ago
Block that metaphor
“The tsunami of new words has not so far relieved us of the encroaching corruptions of political vocabulary skewered by Orwell seventy years ago.”
metaphor 
14 days ago
Dunham’s
Dunham’s is a family-owned department store in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
dowdyworld 
14 days ago
“Undercover whispers”
The last two pages of Toni Morrison’s Jazz (1992) are two of my favorite pages of fiction.
fiction 
14 days ago
Grammar Table
All over Manhattan, Ellen Jovin engages the public at her Grammar Table.
grammar 
14 days ago
Thanksgiving 1918
A twenty-one-year-old man who from the age of nine spent every Thanksgiving in prison asks for a chance to reform.
Thanksgiving 
14 days ago
▲ ▲ ▲
A new-ish podcast series from Little Everywhere and Stitcher: The Dream , an examination of multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes.
podcasts 
14 days ago
How to improve writing (no. 78)
A revision from Harold Evans’s Do I Make Myself Clear? A Practical Guide to Writing Well in the Modern Age, revised again.
howtoimprove  writing 
19 days ago
“He did”
Stephen Colbert: “Did Donald Trump just provide cover for a murderous autocrat? Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t.” And then, mouthing the words: “He did.”
culture  politics 
19 days ago
“In any case”
Anyone who doubts that nationalism, so-called, is toxic to our moral values would do well to read the “Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia.”
culture  politics 
19 days ago
Louis Armstrong, digitized
Writings, recordings, artifacts , now available in digital form at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens.
jazz  LouisArmstrong  music 
19 days ago
Nancy & Sluggo, Nancy & Sluggo
“In a contest between Nancy & Sluggo, back Nancy & Sluggo.”
comics  Nancy  Zippy 
19 days ago
Two comments
Are we safer for language like “evil empire,” “axis of evil,” “little rocket man,” and so on, or not?
culture  politics 
19 days ago
Twelve movies
All available from the soon-to-be defunct FilmStruck.
film 
19 days ago
EXchange names on screen: BArclay
From Deux hommes dans Manhattan (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1959).
film  telephone 
19 days ago
Brian Wilson 2018
From a review of a recent performance: “Throughout most of the show, Wilson sat at his piano, staring blankly and sometimes running a hand across his forehead. Occasionally he played and sang a lyric. But often he missed his cues, mumbled or sang off key. It was sometimes hard to watch.”
BeachBoys  BrianWilson 
19 days ago
P Is for Pterodactyl
Good clean fun for the nerdish young: P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.
books  words 
19 days ago
Today’s Saturday Stumper
5-Down, twelve letters, “I asked for so little!” 25-Down, four letters, “Theatregoer, quite possibly.”
crossword 
23 days ago
“Why not ghosts”
From Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon.
fiction 
23 days ago
“Hi” vs. “hello”
From Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
fiction  usage  words 
23 days ago
Recently updated
Elevator trouble in academia: new developments.
academia 
23 days ago
Faux daughter
A 1951 ad looking like my daughter.
fambly 
25 days ago
-da
I kept tinkering and found a fix for my Blogger-and-MarsEdit paragraph-break trouble.
Blogger 
25 days ago
Ta
I almost found a fix for my Blogger-and-MarsEdit paragraph-break trouble: there is no -da, only a ta.
Blogger  blogging 
25 days ago
MarsEdit
I prefer writing in MarsEdit to writing in Blogger.
Blogger  blogging 
25 days ago
Kubrick at auction
The Stanley Kubrick–Calder Willingham screenplay adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret is going to auction.
Zweig 
25 days ago
Gods help us
Trouble in the classics.
antiquity  classics 
25 days ago
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 
28 days ago
A grandfather in the Great War
This photograph (of a photograph) is the only material evidence I have of his service.
VeteransDay 
28 days ago
Veterans Day
From The New York Times, November 12, 1918.
VeteransDay 
28 days ago
“Welcome to Congress”
A New Yorker cover by Barry Blitt.
art  NewYorker  politics 
28 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 
28 days ago
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