Category Archives: Classics

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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The Borrowed Pen and Thought Crime

“Plagiarism, which many people commonly think has to do with copyright, is not in fact a legal doctrine. True plagiarism is an ethical, not a legal, offense and is enforceable by academic authorities, not courts. Plagiarism occurs when someone – … Continue reading

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The poor son of a bitch

“The poor son of a bitch,” said Dorothy Parker, quoting The Great Gatsby, on seeing F. Scott Fitzgerald lying in state in 1940. He was 44 years old. Another film adaptation is at the Cineplex. Baz Luhrmann’s movie with Leonardo … Continue reading

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Not this tide

One Christmas many decades ago a relative had given me a trio of Signet Classics: Animal Farm, Lord Jim, and The Jungle Book; and I don’t think that she had ever cracked them open herself because she had failed to … Continue reading

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Sivilize Me Not

PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR The … Continue reading

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