Monthly Archives: February 2011

Demetri Martin is Perfectly Droll

Try this piece for a good laugh, for its perfect balance in writing tickling foolishness, and its sense of gentle satire so perfect in its kindly tolerance of folly that it puts numberless philosophical angels on the head of a … Continue reading

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Hitchens’ Updated Ten Commandments

Christopher Hitchens is a shining light among authors, column writers and talking heads for expressing himself in correct English free of cliched redundancies, and he is proud of it.   His analytical powers made short order mincemeat out of the … Continue reading

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We are 300 million Serfs

At Media Companies, a Nation of Serfs….YES, Timesman David Carr tells it like it is. On the Web as off it, you make millions by exploiting others, not often by doing the work yourself. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/business/media/14carr.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=david%20carr&st=cse February 13, 2011 Some of … Continue reading

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Mark Twain on War

Twain wrote a story, The War Prayer, in which an aged stranger enters  a church where (quoting Lewis Lapham here, in an essay The Road To Babylon  in Harpers October 2002) the congregation has been listening to a “heroic sermon … Continue reading

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Speck by Speck, Dust Piles Up

<a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/garden/10dust.html?_r=1“><b><u>Speck By Speck, Dust Piles Up</b></u></a> by Michael Tortorello in the New York Times, Wednesday February 9, 2011.  Witty and informative, and masterfully swinging to read, on what is a very dusty subject in less artful and cheery hands. … Continue reading

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How to get things done by goofing off

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. – Jerome K. Jerome. I like work, it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. – Jerome K. Jerome Jerome is … Continue reading

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