Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why Dick Hates Jane

“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone” – Mark Twain “Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I should hardly like to … Continue reading

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The Swerve of Human Thought

In August of 2011 The New Yorker printed an excerpt from Professor Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, about the seminal, decisive influence that Lucretius and his De rerum natura  (Latin for “On The Nature of … Continue reading

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An alibi for the blood

You who know, give me proof Describe me to myself. A bitter river rages in my veins. And my heart, still longing for you, flows on its poisonous waves. Wait a little: perhaps from some other world the hand of … Continue reading

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This is English

Below is the poem Chaos which provides 800 examples of irregular pronunciation in English. It appeared in the back of the 1920 textbook, Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche uitspraakoefeningen If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will … Continue reading

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Ghost of Man, Ghost of Woman

10. When a beautiful woman dies the earth loses its balance the moon declares mourning for a hundred years and poetry becomes unemployed 12 It was not for this woman to live any longer nor did she wish to live … Continue reading

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