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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Snow Dog

Say what you will, the snow (it’s still coming down!) is really beautiful. It wakes up our old dog Shucks. He drags himself around the house on his arthritic legs, but outdoors in this weather he trots and even runs! You can see him here. He digs his face deep into the snow to sniff, […]

Outliers & Sages

I’m having fun discussing Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success with my SAGES class at CWRU. Gladwell has suffered some backlash from people criticizing his numbers and methods and his popularizing approach to complex topics, but some of those critics probably just envy his great success. I enjoy reading him. Today in class we […]

A Valentine

Mrs. Morgan’s tenth-grade English class changed my life in a number of ways. “Maybe once in a very great while,” she would tell us, “you write something perfectly the first time.” Then, smiling empathetically, she would add, “That doesn’t happen very often,” and hand us The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White. “Revise […]

“Annoying” by Definition

Everyone’s noting Sarah Palin’s hypocrisy in screaming for Rahm Emanuel’s firing over the word “retarded” while giving Rush Limbaugh a pass for repeating the term over and over on a broadcast. Indeed, she couldn’t bring herself to criticize somebody on her own team, while she makes hay over a mistake on the Administration side. Double standard, for sure. Self-serving, […]

Annoyed Once Again

I enjoyed Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker writer, last night on Charlie Rose to eulogize J. D. Salinger, even though Gopnik is sometimes so articulate as to be glib; he churns out those complete-sentence responses like an eager-to-please student. I like him okay, but I’m not a huge fan. I enjoy his talking about writers, however, […]

Same or Different?

Okay. People have commented on reading books over again and listening to pieces of music over and over again. (See the Comments, below, on Rereading + J.D.) I’m curious to know more about what movies people have seen multiple times. Is there something you’ll watch every time it comes on TV? It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone? I imagine I’ve seen The […]