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READING—A LONG VIEW

TODAY’S TIDBITS TAKE a long view on reading and its celebration of our living in one of two pivotal periods: the transition of script to print and from print to … Continue reading

June 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

I WISH I’D SAID THAT. AND I SHALL.

I CONTINUE TO encounter comments I wish I had said. And, paraphrasing Oscar Wilde’s quote, I offer here several good ones originally appearing in the London Review of Books. Fries … Continue reading

June 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: RANSOM

WHAT WITH RANSOMWARE much in the news these days, etymology of the word “ransom” is worthy of research. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a consideration paid or demanded for the release … Continue reading

June 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

BEATRIX POTTER, GENTLEWOMAN AND CONSIDERABLY MORE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE ENCOUNTERED Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter’s pal who has delighted children (and their parents) since 1902. Today in Part 2, Beatrix confronts resistance from her own parents, but thrives … Continue reading

May 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

A GENTLEWOMAN AND CONSIDERABLY MORE PART 1

THE NAME BEATRIX POTTER is familiar to me because of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, 1902, a favorite children’s book to this day. I encountered her again while browsing through … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE KERFUFFLE OF THE LADY PEN

LANGUAGES WITH GENDER distinctions are getting caught up with inclusion and equality. For example, a French “leader” is the grammatically correct “le” dirigeant, with the assumption that such a position … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

HOLY CADUCEUS!

THESE TIDBITS COME from no less than the U.S. National Institutes of Health, from Wikipedia, and from R&T. “There are certain things,” the NIH’s National Library of Medicine writes, “that … Continue reading

May 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

YEGGMAN RESEARCH

THE TERM “YEGGMAN” arose in a recent cop show on SiriusXM “Radio Classics.” I knew it meant “safe cracker,” but not much else. This called for research; here are tidbits … Continue reading

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE BOOK HEIST

WHAT WITH GLOBAL complexities, the Internet, lawyer highjinks, and business school finesses, malefactors now have enhanced opportunities to evade punishment. On the other hand, malefinders (my new word, with obvious … Continue reading

April 6, 2021 · 5 Comments

HOPALONG HOPPED ALONG IN LIFE TOO

HOPALONG CASSIDY MAKES regular appearances among other cowboys on SiriusXM’s ”Radio Classics.” I recall him too as a frequent star of Saturday matinee westerns when I was growing up. Always … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · 13 Comments