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“…strange indeed that illness has not taken its place…among the prime themes of literature.”

On St Patrick’s Day 2020, as a highly-contagious influenza virus shows us just how fragile our personal constitutions, health care systems and governments are, it’s worth taking another look at Virginia Woolf’s essay “On Being Ill.” It begins: “Considering how … Continue reading

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Bisociation, Anthimeria, and Syllepsis

Precise and wonderful words about language in an article titled “How Advertisers Trick Your Brain by Turning Adjectives into Nouns” by James Harbeck in an e-zine called The Week.  The words are more accessible than they appear. From the article: … Continue reading

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Margo Gorman’s New Novel to be Launched on Thurs 5 March 2020

Margo Gorman’s new novel Michel-Michelle, an intriguing tale of gender and transgender identity, will be launched by Victorina Press in the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin on Thursday, 5 March. Best wishes to Margo, a dedicated writer and Fighting Words … Continue reading

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Dems, You Can Defeat Trump in a Landslide

Excellent article in the NY Times by Thomas Friedman — a genuinely American strategy to overcome the antagonistic demagoguery that is ruining the country — https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/opinion/democratic-primary-candidates.html?referringSource=articleShare

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…with as little concealment as possible…

Galway Kinnell said, “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” What’s in a Name? DH … Continue reading

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Not a mirror, but a hammer…

Bertold Brecht, author of The Threepenny Opera, stated in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee: “We are living in a dangerous world. Our state of civilization is such that mankind already is capable of becoming enormously wealthy but, as … Continue reading

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Indictment and Reprieve

Eric Partridge, author of A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, said, “Every worthwhile book contains many faults, and every worthwhile writer commits them.” What’s in a Name? Truman Streckfus Persons re-invented himself as Truman Capote. What might you expect … Continue reading

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