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“Homecoming went well…”

Homecoming went well this year. The Stags played the Mott Mohicans here and won 49-7. Stoop Harcourt pulled the “Sensation of the Stag Nation” float in the Saturday parade with that old Allis Chalmers tractor of his. His daughter Lirick … Continue reading

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“When did you stop beating your wife?”

“Through his mysterious and appealing lectures, they were guided away from the cold sobriety of genuine knowledge into the picturesque realms of pseudoscience….” (Grete de Francesco, “The Power of the Charlatan,” quoted by John Ganz in an opinion piece in … Continue reading

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“A Modest Proposal”

Jonathan Swift wrote that the babies of the poor should be spitted, roasted, and consumed. The quotation, in Latin, crowns the main gate to Baldershanks, Sir Alistair Chichester’s estate in Chichesterton-Upon-Hogg. Many have dismissed the Swiftian proposition as merely a mischievous … Continue reading

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This just in!

The restaurant in the UK House of Parliament has changed the name of a classic British dessert known as “spotted dick”; henceforth it will be called “spotted richard.” (Eater, June 18, 2018) Spotted dick was featured in the cozy supper … Continue reading

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“What Philip Roth Didn’t Know…”

Dara Horn states that Roth’s caricature of women reveals a lack of empathy, and deems it a literary failure, made more egregious by a lack of curiosity. (“What Philip Roth Didn’t Know About Women Could Fill a Book,” NYTimes) Definitions … Continue reading

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Tweet in haste, repent at leisure

Once I excerpted the following from a New Yorker article and flagged it in a tweet: “The Odd Future charge has been led by…Tyler Okonma, known as Tyler, the Creator… Hodgy Beats, a diminutive, quick-tempered rapper,… is half of the … Continue reading

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The Alien Parade

The largest exoplanet ever found Is quite a marvel where marvels abound. Theory holds it cannot be, they say, But sometimes theory doesn’t have its way. It is a type of planet they call puffy That orbits its parent in … Continue reading

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