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Diners and Blueberry Pie 

June 19, 2021

I had breakfast at a diner this morning. Yes, that's right, you heard me: an actual diner.  Indoors.  Unmasked.  I mean, I wore a mask when I came in, but for the meal I took it off.  Everyone...

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"One Art," by Elizabeth Bishop

June 18, 2021

Oh this is sort of fun—a close reading of Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art.”  But it is a tepid analysis of a great poem, missing some obvious things.


First of all, let’s allow that it’s not a great...

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Links for June 4

June 04, 2021

32 years ago today, an iconic image of our era was committed to posterity: 

Wait for it

I wonder if we have fully recognized how iconic, how representative, it would be.  Resistance--yes.  But futile...

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May 28, 2021

Just some Memorial Day Weekend links for you.  

Come to think of it, when was the last time I had an actual honest-to-goodness Memorial Day Weekend?  I hope this one is that.  May it be so for you...

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Some links

May 26, 2021

This is a good skeptical assessment of what we can learn from Arizona State University—according to some, a model of the “fifth wave” of higher education—and what we cannot. Suffice to say that Brint...

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Links for early-late-mid-May

May 23, 2021

Like Orwell's designation of his family as residing in the "Lower Upper Middle Class," I think May 23rd is not really late May--that would be like after May 25, I would say--but it's not simply the...

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More links

May 20, 2021

May always feels like it should be the entry into summer.  But it's the "entry" into summer in the same way that the sliding doors at the Wal-Mart open up at 2 AM on Black Friday and the hordes all...

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