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Poem Du Jour: “Poem” by Frank O’Hara

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lana Turner has collapsed!I was trotting along and suddenlyit started raining and snowingbut hailing hits you on the headhard so it was really snowing andraining and I was in such a hurryto meet you but the trafficwas acting … Continue reading

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Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over the heather the wet wind blows,I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.The rain comes pattering out of the sky,I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,My … Continue reading

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Plus Ça Change…

Eddie Pensier writes: It would be unfair to suggest that all universities in the Renaissance were sterile, conformist places; they often hosted vigorous discussion and dissent. But verbal sparring matches (“disputations”) could amount to point-scoring contests decided by nimble rhetoric, … Continue reading

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No Life or Youth

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Stephen watched the three glasses being raised from the counter as his father and his two cronies drank to the memory of their past. An abyss of fortune or of temperament sundered him from them. His … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: You wouldn’t know, by looking at us in our sunglasses, our somber dark suits, and carrying our concealed pistols and compact machine guns–meant to rapidly and coarsely dismantle the flesh of anyone threatening the life of the … Continue reading

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Sophocles’s Literary Defense

Blowhard, Esq. writes: When he was 90, Sophocles was sued by his sons who argued their father was incapable of managing his financial affairs. They charged the playwright with “paranoia,” which was the ancient Greek equivalent of saying he had … Continue reading

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The Hipster Beard

Eddie Pensier writes: The Beard: This common trend suggests that the clean-shaven, well-groomed man is overly civilized, untrustworthy, wimpy and cunning. Men with beards are real and rugged, but because of the beard, they don’t have to act it. Without … Continue reading

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Scarry 2

Fenster writes: Richard Scarry’s books really were my favorites for reading to the kids.  Well, other than Dr. Suess maybe, whose work sort of stands alone. Scarry did his share of simple cartooning, and his characters and situations were typically … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Lowly Worm

Fenster writes: Maybe you have to be a parent.  If you are, you might remember Richard Scarry’s children’s books.  They were my favorites for reading to the kids, the exact opposite of the dreaded Scooby Doo series, which I detested. … Continue reading

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I Suppose This is a Good Thing…

Atypical Neurotic writes: I write like David Foster Wallace I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

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