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MANGA TIDBITS PART 2

YESTERDAY WE began a celebration of manga, the Japanese genre of pictorial storytelling. Today in Part 2, we’ll see how manga pacing and text presentation set it apart from the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

MANGA TIDBITS PART 1

THE JAPANESE WORD マンガ, manga means “pictures running riot,” a good description of this genre of pictorial storytelling. Or as comics authority Paul Gravett terms it, “more than telling a … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAUCER TIDBITS

A NEW 624-PAGE biography of Geoffrey Chaucer aroused my interest. Not quite enough, I admit, to read all 624 pages yet, but sufficient to enjoy reading a review of this … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACKETEERING ETYMOLOGIES

THE NEWS CONCERNING Trump, Giuliani, omertà, getting thrown under the bus, and other mob-speak got me wondering how the nice French sports racquet evolved into something as sordid as racketeering. … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

UPDATING ALICE

MARTIN GARDNER’S Annotated Alice, 1960, was the first in my collection of annotated classics. Indeed, Gardner’s was the first in the series, many of which I have. Wife Dottie recently … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

BRUNI ON TRUMP’S ENGLISH

FRANK BRUNI composes the best lines in today’s journalism. In The New York Times, October 26, 2019, he titles his analysis “ ‘Human Scum,’ ‘Lynching,’ and Trump’s Tortured English.” Bruni’s … Continue reading

November 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

A TYPEFACE GETTING NO RESPECT

THE POINT OF putting a thought into print is to preserve and share it. The choice of typography (this word from the Greek: loosely “an impression pictured”) is a complex … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment