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A CONNIVING, DECEITFUL, MURDEROUS OKLAHOMAN

THIS IS a tale of an Oklahoman who was entrusted with preserving environment and culture. Alas, he turned out to be conniving, deceitful, and, in time, murderous. A memo to … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

UNEARTHING THE WEANS

IT’S THE year 7859 and archeologists have unearthed a civilization lost for more than 5000 years. Who are these “Weans” from the Great West Continent? Researchers at Kenya’s Ruwenzori University … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

ELIZABETH CHUDLEIGH—A GENUINE PIECE OF WORK

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY Englishwoman Elizabeth Chudleigh was a duchess, countess, bigamist, and exhibitionist. But then Georgians were always ones to talk, weren’t they? I encountered her a few days ago while researching … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

YOU WANT FAKE? I’LL GIVE YOU FAKE—PART 2

WRITING A novel isn’t usually a team activity. But when several writers share the work, the result can be fine satire. Add in the fun of a literary hoax, and … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

YOU WANT FAKE? I’LL GIVE YOU FAKE—PART 1

THESE ARE high times to celebrate satire. And in fact there’s a specialized branch of this genre: satirical novels. Taken one step further, there are satirical novels that satirize the … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

BUFFOON, BUFFOONISH, BUFFA

NOT ONLY does the word “buffoon” belong in my Etymology for our Times, there’s an operatic connection as well: Opera buffa is literally “comic opera” as opposed to opera seria, … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

ON THE KINGDOM OF NAMBY-PAMBY

I OFFER today’s SimanaitisSays as amelioration of the U.S. President’s U.N. covfefeing of two African nations, Namibia and Zambia, into “Nambia.” Nambia? I researched this illusive place. The earlier kingdom … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a comment