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A Sonny Rollins interview
“This world is not what it’s cracked up to be”: Sonny Rollins, interviewed for The New York Times.
death  jazz  life  music  SonnyRollins 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Bam!
Elizabeth Warren: “I don’t care how much money Mayor Bloomberg has. The core of the Democratic Party will never trust him.”
money  politics 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“Catch” of a Lifetime
A full-page Mirado advertisement, 1956.
advertising  pencils 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Farewell, Mirado
The Mirado pencil has been discontinued. With a photograph of a Mikado and Webster’s Second.
pencils 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Weses
Oops, wrong Wes.
film 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“The 4d’s”
“Dismiss the message, distort the facts, distract the audience, and express dismay at the whole thing.”
politics  truth 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“Visible branch establishments”
From Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business.
fiction 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Eyeshine
Mark Trail explains it.
comics  MarkTrail 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Back to the USSR canard
Hearing the assertion that Bernie and Jane Sanders honeymooned in the Soviet Union, I thought, What? And then I remembered writing a post about that canard in 2016.
politics  truth 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Hat and gloves
It is cold or colder these days. Having just come in from a walk, I want to express my gratitude to my Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat and my Caiman 2395 Heatrac gloves.
clothing  weather  winter 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Go phish
A spam comment, times ten.
sardines  spam 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Trump* in Colorado
If you can stand it, Aaron Rupar has short clips from Donald Trump*’s rally last night in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
politics  truth 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“The truth still matters”
United States District Judge Amy Bergman Jackson, sentencing Roger Stone today: “The truth still exists. The truth still matters.”
truth 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Make it new
“Shortly after the Democratic Presidential debate on Wednesday night, aides to Michael Bloomberg announced that he would spend ten billion dollars to buy an entirely new personality.”
money  politics 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
Concerning a correspondent on the news.
domesticcomedy 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Disses, digital and analog
In tonight’s debate, Elizabeth Warren called Pete Buttigieg’s healthcare plan “a PowerPoint.” She likened Amy Klobuchar’s healthcare plan to a Post-it Note.
analog  digital  politics  Post-itNotes  PowerPoint 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“Fellows of the first importance”
From Robertson Davies, Fifth Business.
fiction 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Trump* pardons miscreants
I can think of four reasons for Trump* to issue pardons and commutations today.
politics 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Stop-and-frisk in LA
A conversation on the way to LAX.
NewYorkCity  race 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
“Stopping at a rest stop with your swim team while black,” now with an interview with swimmer Jaylan Butler and ACLU attorney Rachel Murphy.
race 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“What the future is for”
From Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
fiction  life 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
“Pencils”
From the BBC Radio 4 series The Boring Talks : “Pencils,” with Brian Mackenwells.
pencils  podcasts 
13 hours ago by M.Leddy
Scams
Art and dog-walking.
e-mail  spam 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Sluggo goes to a museum
I wonder if five might be the requisite number for “some paintings.”
art  comics  museum  Nancy 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Overheard
“I love your tattoo. I love aloe vera.”
overheard 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Phonics again
Everything old is new again.
reading 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Stopping at a rest stop with your swim team while black
I think that this story deserves wide attention.
culture  race 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Beethoven, anyone?
String quartets, all of them.
music 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Analog rising
“Sales of stationery and cards are actually up among younger and youngish people”: so says Marketplace Morning Report.
analog  handwriting  paper  pencils  pens  stationery 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Five cyber freedoms
From Print Mag, and in the form of posters, five cyber freedoms.
Internet 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Valentine’s Day
A heart amulet, ca. 1070–945 B.C.
art 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
iOS autocorrect and alcohol
Lemonier
Lemonier
Glamorous
Fleming’s
Glamorous
Lemonade

The name I was trying to enter: Glenmorangie. I think that John Gruber is correct: autocorrect is drunk, and it’s only 8:17 in the morning. And it’s gonna stay drunk all day.
Apple  iOS 
13 days ago by M.Leddy
Is there one in Hawkins?
Aldi Breakfast Best Homestyle Waffles are better than Eggo Homestyle Waffles.

Is there an Aldi in Hawkins?
food  television 
13 days ago by M.Leddy
Oxford and its comma
CMOS Shop Talk, from The Chicago Manual of Style, presents the history of the Oxford comma.
commas  punctuation 
13 days ago by M.Leddy
Campaign typography
George Butterick (as in Butterick’s Practical Typography) considers the campaign logos of Democratic presidential candidates.
design  politics  typography 
13 days ago by M.Leddy
Joseph Shabalala (1941–2020)
The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
music 
15 days ago by M.Leddy
Nancy, champeen
The ghosts of my grandparents are speaking through Nancy.
comics  Nancy  words 
15 days ago by M.Leddy
Homer, revised
How best to end infighting among Democratic candidates? Have Athena step in, raising a shout that stops “all fighters in their tracks.”
Homer 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
“The art of scything”
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a beautiful novel, and a perfect antidote to To the Lighthouse.
fiction  writing 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Whale, oil, beef, hooked
A quick lesson in how to do an Irish accent.
Ireland  pronunciation 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Orson Bean’s later-life swerve to the right, unmentioned in his New York Times obituary.
television 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Orson Bean (1928–2020)
A regular presence on TV in my childhood. He later swerved very far right.
television 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Today’s Saturday Stumper
“They’re taken when leaving home.”
crossword 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
”It’s not like a shibboleth — except among the astronauts.”
domesticcomedy 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Sherrod Brown on fear and power
Sherrod Brown: “For the stay-in-office-at-all-cost representatives and senators, fear is the motivator.”
democracy  truth 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Shredding
“He has shredded the truth in his speech. He’s shredding the Constitution in his conduct. I shredded his State of His Mind address.”
democracy 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Rituals and talismans
The Washington Post reports on ballet rituals and talismans.
materialculture  objects 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
“Down-to-earth food”
“Everybody Who’s Been to the Moon Is Eating Stouffer’s.”
advertising  space 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Kirk Douglas (1916–2020)
Kirk Douglas as Ulysses, 1954.
film  Homer 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Reaching Q
Thought as an alphabet of progress. From Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.
fiction 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
George Steiner (1929–2020)
“I’d love to be remembered as a good teacher of reading.”
reading 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Brian and Al in the news
“Beach Boys founding members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine alerted fans Monday that they have no part in an appearance later this week by a version of the group fronted by cofounder Mike Love at a trophy-hunting convention where Donald Trump Jr. will be the keynote speaker.”
BeachBoys  BrianWilson 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Iowa as metaphor
Frank Bruni: “This wasn’t a political contest; it was a kidney stone.”
metaphor 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
“A scrubbed kitchen table”
From Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.
fiction 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Goodnight commas
The title of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon is without a vocative comma. The text, too, is comma-free.
commas  punctuation 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Some boulders
New Zealand’s Moeraki Boulders.
comics  Nancy 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
“Lying”
An especially good episode of the BBC Radio 4 podcast Word of Mouth: “Lying,” with Michael Rosen, Laura Wright, and guest Dawn Archer, professor of pragmatics and corpus linguistics.
podcasts  truth 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Hi and Lois watch
Lois and Irma and a calendar.
comics  Hi&Lois 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Overheard
“I’m just gonna go without toothpicks and drink.”
overheard 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Re: the trial
Michael Che, on Saturday Night Live just now: “What better way to start off Black History Month than to be failed by the justice system?”
democracy 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
“Books saved my life”
One of the better moments from The Public (dir. Emilio Estevez, 2018).
film  libraries 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
“Just words”
An excerpt from A Warning, by Anonymous.
democracy  reading 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Autocratic solipsism
Alan Dershowitz, I regret to say, is the Rudolph Giuliani of Stanley Fishes.
democracy  truth 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
A Ravel Kaddish, arr. Fine
Yesterday, at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Karski Quartet and Naomi Couquet performed Elaine Fine’s arrangement of a Maurice Ravel setting of the Kaddish, originally for voice and piano.
music 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Distance learning
“When the movement to MOOCs was at its rabid peak a couple of years ago and some members of our board were talking about starting to do more distance education, I regularly told them that at our school, distance education is the length of a table.”
academia  education  teaching 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Small pleasures
House Manager Adam Schiff (D, California-18) today spoke the word copasetic on the Senate floor. And he referenced some famous phrasing from Casablanca : “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” casting Burisma as Rick’s Café Américain.
film  metaphor  words 
16 days ago by M.Leddy
Prefix workout
From The Chicago Manual of Style, ten questions about prefixes.
punctuation 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
Thug life
“That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you, eh? I think you did a good job on her, actually.”
democracy  journalism  NPR 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
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