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CELEBRATING PENGUIN BOOKS

PENGUIN BOOKS is celebrating its eightieth anniversary, thus reminding me of the pleasure I’ve derived from these pocket-size, color-coded, modestly priced editions of literature. A Penguin celebration also appeared in … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

CALIFORNIA, HERE I CAME

I’M A born-again Californian, not a native one. Wife Dottie, by contrast, is a desert rat from El Centro. In rearranging some bookshelves recently, I came upon a fine California … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

PRESS ONE FOR BASIC ENGLISH

CHARLES KAY OGDEN had a revolutionary idea when he wrote Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar, published in 1930. By Basic English, he didn’t mean merely the … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

WHA’ CHA’ M’ CALL IT

LIKE DOOHICKEY and gizmo, wha’ cha’ m’ call it (also rendered whatchamacallit) is a placeholder, a word referring to things the names of which are irrelevant, unknown or temporarily forgotten. … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

ENGLISH AS LINGUA FRANCA?

HAS ENGLISH become the world’s lingua franca? I offer two examples of this—and dispel one folk legend. A nuanced example involves computer science. A recent one definitively pertains to a … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

NON-DEPRESSING TALES OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ADVERSITY BREEDS its own humor, and the Great Depression is a perfect example of this. I’ve been enjoying The WPA Guide to America, whence came a lot of delightful tales. … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

I WISH I SAID THAT (FIRST)

I’VE BEEN collecting thoughtful comments, or in some cases just great one-liners, from a variety of sources. Some come from movies I’ve enjoyed or books I’ve read, others from TV … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

HAMLET—A GRAPHIC TALE

I WAS rereading Hamlet the other day. Not in The Annotated Shakespeare, but my Classics Illustrated comic book, a version that introduced a lot of us to “Stories by the World’s … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

TODAY, ENGLISH is the language of science for much of the world. Why is that? Lynn K. Nyhart offers insights on this in “Speaking of science,” in the April 10, … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

WRITING, METAPHORICALLY

THERE’S A recently published book that threatens to tell me more about metaphors than I really want to know. Its review by Colin Burrow in the London Review of Books, … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 1 Comment