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Dear Mother… Charles

Charles Behlen gave me a copy of his “translation” of Arthur Rimbaud’s “Le bateau ivre” (The Drunken Boat). I put “translation” in quotes because Charles readily admits that his version derives from other English versions of the poem, since he … Continue reading

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“She’s so competitive”

“It’s funny when they talk about women, saying, ‘Oh, she’s so competitive,’ and it’s almost a put-down… For me, what’s the alternative? To try to lose, or to not give your best? ‘Competitive’ means you’re concentrating, and you do everything … Continue reading

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Ambiguous Headline of the Day

“Putin Is Running a Destructive Cybercrime Syndicate Out of Russia” (NYTimes). Hmmm… I run a raccoon out of my wood shop now and then. (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rabbits restrained.

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Non-natives 3, Natives 1

“English is a global language with many native and nonnative varieties. Worldwide, nonnative speakers of English outnumber natives by a ratio of three to one. Even in the United States, which has the largest population of native English speakers, there … Continue reading

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Mono a Mono — Exegesis and Hermeneutics

My theology chops are modest at best. One monotheism has been dinged by another as being slightly quasi-mono because of the Trinity and the saints and mariolatry. The dinging party severely prescribes oneness (one God, one Messenger), whereas the dinged … Continue reading

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Directions

<— Je Ne Sais Cove Brigand Dunes —> <— Grotto Blotto Dog Platitudes —> <— New Deli Donny Brook —> <— Post Hockish <— Ergo —> Propter Hockish—> <— Center For Customer Insights (New Haven, CT) Academy of Combative Warrior … Continue reading

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Ouch!

“I don’t like country music, but I don’t denigrate people who do. And for people who like it, ‘denigrate’ means ‘put down.’ ” (Bob Newhart) (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

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