Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hunting the Snark

The Urban Dictionary (UD) informs us that Snark is a portmanteau word, a combination of “snide” and “remark.” Another UD entry likens the word to a weapon “that is brief, subtle, yet quite stabbing.” Lewis Carroll identified the Snark as … Continue reading

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Consider the Snail

Readers do not know Virginia Woolf for her short stories. I’ll wager that readers don’t know that she liked snails. At least, I’d like to prove that she admired them for personal reasons. Virginia Woolf is known for her two … Continue reading

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Much Ado – to Wit and Woo

Sheila O’Malley lets slip a comparison in her review of Joss Whedon’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. She wrote (and I place it in a block quote for the eyes): Beatrice is a tough-talkin’ dame like Carole Lombard … Continue reading

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By the Hand of Satan

“Machiavelli was the Stephen Colbert of the Renaissance.” -S. Peter Davis and David A. Vindiola, “6 Books Everyone (Including Your English Teacher) Got Wrong” Writers are warned not to use clichés. The rationale is that they are trite, shopworn, and commonplace. … Continue reading

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